4.45-5.45 Take Me Back to Manchester
BAC: Screen 2
Oliver East, a walking comic creator, was the first artist to be commissioned by LICAF in 2014.
The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn, a series of ten comics, charted Oliver’s walk of over 140 miles from Arnside to Carlisle following the West Cumbrian Railway Line.
Oliver’s proposal for a 2015 commission was equally persuasive.
For this project Oliver walked some 200 miles from Waverley Station Edinburgh to Manchester, following exactly the same route taken by an Indian elephant called Maharajah and his keeper Lorenzo Lawrence in 1872. Oliver was accompanied not by an elephant but by his phenomenally imaginative drawing and narrative skills, along with two film-makers who followed him along the route.
Take Me Back to Manchester was filmed by Cumbrian-based film-makers Dom Bush and Simon Sylvester. In this session Aileen McEvoy interviews Oliver East about his journey, followed by a special screening of the film.
Supported by Manchester Museum, Lakes Ignite, Lakes Culture, Elephant Yard & Craghoppers
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