Classics take leading roles in new youth film

| 6 Mar 2012

A group of youngsters has featured a load of classics in an intriguing new project resulting in six 90-second comedy films collectively entitled Travels with Morris and charting one man's life with his Traveller.

The car starring in the films belongs to Wolverhampton Central Youth Theatre director Jane Ward and each segment focuses on a different decade.

The rest of 30 or so cars featured make up an impressive selection supplied by local enthusiasts, ranging from 1932 BSA to 1978 Ford Cortina, plus a selection of commercials, motorbikes and scooters.

The films – funded by the Lottery through the First Light Films education arm of the British Film Institute – were all shot on location in Wolverhampton and Shropshire villages such as Claverley and Badger.

For the first of the six films, First Car, the group transformed Claverley Cricket Club into a 1950s garage, featuring some lovely examples of period motors including a 1954 Riley RME, a 1949 Triumph Roadster and a 1955 Austin A30.

The group was also joined by a host of 1960s cars including a Lambretta LD 150, a 1967 Mini Traveller and a rare Morris High Top Curry’s van. The other four films feature motors from the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

Ward's own lifelong passion for classics was used for inspiration. She said: “I learned to drive in a green Morris Minor Traveller when I was 21. My father bought it for me to help me pass my test, and I’ve been loyal to the Traveller ever since.

"As a young woman I had many adventures in my Traveller smashing into ice cream vans and skidding into ditches. My current Morris Minor Traveller is still my work car, and it is frequently seen travelling around the City loaded full of costumes and scenery for our Youth Theatre productions."

Jack Baggott, 18, who stars in the films as title character Morris, added: “Being surrounded by the different classic cars on location was absolutely fascinating, especially the really early ones. They definitely bring the films to life."

The films will be premiered at the Lighthouse Media Centre in Wolverhampton on Sunday 11 March after which they will be available on DVD or to view on this You Tube channel. Click here for more info.