Malta Story (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1953) starred Alec Guinness as RAF reconnaissance photographer Peter Ross. Set in 1942, the film tells the story of the defence of Malta from Axis power attacks, it being a critical link for Allied supply lines. It features realistic reenactments and use of archival combat footage. Against this background, there is a love story between Ross and a local girl, Maria (Muriel Pavlow) who works in the RAF operations room.
Thanks to research by Allan Smith (administrator of the Brian Desmond Hurst Estate) and his various contacts, we now have positive identification of some Malta location photos. Grateful thanks are also due to Muriel Pavlow (annotated MP in photo notes) for identifying some of the photos in a meeting with Allan. Some photos are still pending further detail and any information would be gratefully received. Click on the images to see larger versions.
The first two photos below depict a Victory Kitchen (VK) - set up by the government during 1941-43 due to severe food shortages. Each person with a ration card was entitled to one cooked meal per day. The two women are Maltese extras, the sisters Mary Ann and Nadia Kissaun. Theirs was a musical family and Mary Ann subsequently became a professional concert pianist. Grateful thanks to the publisher of "Treasures of Malta" and Allan Smith for the identification of the two ladies. This picture was used in an article about Malta Story by Allan in issue 48 (Summer 2010), vol. XVI no. 3 of "Treasures of Malta".