Paul Chrisp journeys from Oxfordshire to The Scilly Isles via night-train and ferry every Monday of Summer. Every week, he leaves his village in Oxfordshire and arrives in London, ready to get the sleeper train from Paddington to Penzance. From Penzance he then sails to the Isles of Scilly, where he has three hours to enjoy them. He then takes the ferry back, and that evening is again on the overnight train to the Metropolis.
This is a short documentary film about the purpose, significance and beauty of the journey that Paul takes. Focussing on the details of the places that Paul sees and loves so much that he returns to eleven to twelve times each summer.
Below are some images taken during a research trip taken with Paul. They show the nature of the different stages of the journey that the film follows.
The Sleeper train
The Scillonian III Ferry
The Scilly Isles
Dominic Henderson is the Director of 'Mr Chrisp' and studies Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. He has a strong interest in oral history and folklore and worked with Dublin City Council Culture Company on their Tenement Memories project. This is his debut film.
Charlie Usher is the Director of Photography for 'Mr Chrisp'. He is a graduate of Bournemouth Film School where he has developed a distinctive documentary style, focussing on visual elements of landscape to find meaning. His graduate film 'Ascending Ballard Down' is about British Surrealist Paul Nash.
Sam Riley is the Sound Recordist and Sound Designer for 'Mr Chrisp'. He is also a graduate of Bournemouth Film School and worked closely with Charlie on 'Ascending Ballard Down'. He has a strong interest in immersive soundscapes created from live recordings. His film 'Norfolk Class 37 Locomotive - Wherry Lines' blurs the boundaries of documentary, fiction, and train enthusiast YouTube video.
The style and scope of the documentary does not require a large budget. The one barrier to the development of this project is the high cost of the train journey from London to Penzance. The train costs £118. This fundraiser will to cover the cost of those return journeys for the film crew.
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