Take Me Back to Manchester film documents comic artist Oliver East’s epic “Elephant Walk”

Comic artist Oliver East - and friend at Manchester Museum. Image courtesy Manchester Museum

Comic artist Oliver East – and friend at Manchester Museum. Image courtesy Manchester Museum

The film Take Me Back To Manchester commissioned by Lakes Culture, as part of the Lakes Ignite programme, will be screened at Brockhole Visitor Centre from the 8th – 17th May and also at the Toronto Comic Art Festival (9th & 10th May 2015). You can also watch it on YouTube – or view it here and now!

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 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.

Film Maker Dom Bush

Film Maker Dom Bush

The story of Oliver’s walk was documented in film by Cumbria based film makers Dom Bush and Simon Sylvester.

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. He will be a special guest at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival (16th – 18th October).

Take Me Back To Manchester is sponsored by Manchester Museum, Craghoppers and The Elephant Yard.

Film screenings  (FREE ENTRY)

Brockhole Visitor Centre, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ
Friday 8th May – Sunday 17th May 2015
Opening Hours  10am-5pm
Web: www.brockhole.co.uk

• Lakes International Comic Art Festival (tickets on sale from 3rd June):  www.comicartfestival.com

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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