A while ago I played around with making some ideas I was having about the Whit Walks into a short film. I am by no means skilled and it was thrown together using iMovie with zero idea what I was doing! I roped my Dad in on the action and had an amusing day recording the voiceover (they live on a flight path!). The result was shared at a couple of conferences but I didn’t want to share it more widely as I was concerned about permissions for some images. So I have recut it using images that are my own and some archive footage that I do have permission to use from the Northwest Film Archive(to share on this blog and at conferences etc).
Forgive its rough nature but I wanted to express some ideas more visually to give people a sense of what the Whit Walks are!
So I haven’t blogged in soooo long for two reasons:
I have been busy doing the work!
I sometimes feel like I have little ‘actual work’ to show for all the work (i.e. papers under review but not published/bids written but waiting answers).
Anyway, I was at Tate Britain last week and they have a LS Lowry painting on display ‘The Pond’
At the very bottom of this painting is a small procession with a banner. Now, I am not clear if this is a trade union procession or a Whit Walk but it got me thinking. LS Lowry has other works which depict processions more explicitly such as ‘The Procession’ and the Whit Walks in South Wales are depicted in‘Procession in South Wales, Whit Monday’
I am going to have a look into these artworks more closely but it got me thinking about other examples of Whit Walks in visual arts and popular culture.
The most notable example is in the film of Salford playwright, Shelia Delaney’s play, “A Taste of Honey’. More recent use of the Walks in a film is the wonderful opening scene of the 1999 film ‘East is East’ (based on the play by Ayub-Khan Din) where the walks set the scene for the working class milieu of Salford in the 1970s.
What I am thinking of doing to collating examples of the Walks representation in visual, literary (‘The Manchester Man’ being an example here) and popular culture to understand how they are imagined in the wider popular consciousness.