The Take Me Back To Manchester film has been commissioned by Lakes Culture, as part of the Lakes Ignite programme, and was screened at Brockhole Visitor Centre from 8 – 17 May and also at the Toronto Comic Art Festival on 9 & 10 May 2015.
The film is based on Take Me Back To Manchester, comic artist Oliver East’s most ambitious walking project to date, co-commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Manchester Museum with funding support from Arts Council England.
In April 2015 comic artist Oliver walked some 200 miles over 10 days from Waverley Station Edinburgh to Manchester, following exactly the route taken by the elephant Maharajah and his keeper Lorenzo Lawrence in 1872. Their route, mainly the current A7 and A6 passed through the Lake District, with overnight stops in Penrith and Kendal, where elephant and keeper bedded down at the White Hart Inn.
The story of Oliver’s walk was documented in film by Cumbria based film makers Dom Bush and Simon Sylvester.
“It was a great experience moving through the landscape following Oliver as he made his way south. The contrast between the hills and valleys of Galloway and Cumbria and the cityscapes of Manchester made for some really interesting filming opportunities. As did the great British weather which jumped from sun to snow in a matter of hours”.
Dom Bush – Cinematographer and cameraman
Oliver is currently working on the Take Me Back To Manchester comic book that will be launched in May 2016 to accompany his exhibition of the same name at Manchester Museum. Oliver East will be a special guest at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival (16-18 October) – find out more here
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Take Me Back To Manchester is sponsored by Craghoppers and The Elephant Yard.
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