Made By Wade: The Year In Review

It’s been a productive year for us here at Made By Wade. Dom has been busy taking a ton of photos in areas as different as Scotland and the USA. There have been a couple of film-making highlights, which the man himself will now expand upon for you. Take it away, Dom!  Continue reading

docoBanksy Does Devon

Sightings of docoBanksy in the wild can be a little rare these days, although the sharp-eyed amongst you that keep an eye on the Robin Gunningham page on Facebook can sometimes be rewarded. Reports of affiliation between Mister Gunningham and this site are mere speculation and can neither be confirmed nor denied.

However, we here at Made By Wade are happy to confirm that fans of the film can grab a fix next month at the UK’s newest music and culture festival. Grinagog will be taking over sunny Torquay from the 7th-9th April, offering an intoxicating mix of music, arts and fun spread across the capital of the English Riviera. They offer a no-mud guarantee, and something for everyone with over 200 bands, DJs and artists to choose from.

The pop-up cinema in the resplendent Ballroom at Torre Abbey will be home to all sorts of filmy goodness, including docoBanksy. The big question is whether Dominic will be in attendance. We suggest keeping your eye open for docoBanksy stickers at the venue or around town. That’s usually a good sign.

Grinagog sounds like a righteous blast of fun and frolickery, so get your asses down to Devon, and see if you can find us. Tickets are on sale now at the festival website.

The Rouleur Classic

Rouleur magazine is probably the most essential read for those of us interested in the wide world of cycling. A high-class, high specification publication (with an appropriately high end price-tag, it has to be said) it features nothing but the best writing and photography. Dom has subscribed for years, naturally.

Steel Is Real interviewee and friend of the film Rohan Dubash writes for Rouleur, and kindly dropped Dom an invitation to The Rouleur Classic, a gathering of like-minded cycling folk in central London. In his guise as Doctor D, bike surgeon, Rohan would rebuild a Fignon Raleigh from scratch on the first night of the show.

Dom’s visit on the third day had a Fignon connection. He has a picture of the legendary French cyclist made especially for him by the street artist Stewy for services rendered, and he brought it along to grace Doctor D’s stand.

Naturally, Dom was there to drum up interest in Steel Is Real, and he was in full promo mode as he toured the show. Chatting to people from Prendas and Rouleur artist Martin Proctor, he was spreading the good word about our little film.

But there were plenty of treats for the connoisseur–so Dom was very much in his happy place! A Colnago Master Arabesque frameset. A great selection of ex pro bikes, a Thomas Voeckler Colnago, an Indurain Pinarello time trial arrow-like machine, a Boardman hour record yellow French track velo. Maglia Rosas from the Giro. Trophies carefully dotted around the ballroom in lit glass cabinets. Such wonders.

The big draw for many, though, was an interview with the legendary Sean Kelly, who gave a great overview of his life and career to cycling broadcaster Matt Barbet. Watching it, Dom had an idea. Steel is Real is ostensibly about UK cycling, but getting a name like Kelly on tape would be great for the film. Dom being Dom, he approached. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of months, but the Wade charm may just win the day…

Dom’s day at the Rouleur Classic went all too quickly, and it was soon time to help Rohan pack up his wares. The following day he would be off gathering more interview footage. The Steel is Reel wheels just keep on a-rollin!

Enjoy the slideshow of shots taken on the day by Dom below.

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Portobello 2016

A rainy Saturday afternoon could not dampen the spirits of Team MadeByWade, as we enjoyed the hospitality of our friends at the Portobello film festival for a fifth year.A gathering was made at The KPH, spiritual home of the festival after the unfortunate denial of service that locked Jonathan Barnett and Co out of the Pop-Up underneath the Westway. Dominic, coming from the west, had the usual nonsense to contend with on the M4. Always a chore, never a pleasure. But a quorum was soon to be had, as MadeByWade XO and factotum Rob was joined by Doctor D himself, Rohan Dubash. Interviewee for Steel Is Real, he has proved to be a worthy friend and supporter of our ventures. Along with his better half Crystal, we settled in and waited for Mister Director (already sending in text demands for champers) to join us.

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A welcome addition to the proceedings came in the handsome form of Clive Ashenden. Prime movie maker and long time associate to the MBW crew, Clive had cause to celebrate as well. His excellent short film Acceptance has just been accepted (finally someone gets the hint) to the London International Short Film Festival, screening in October. Rob is part of the crew on this, so was happy to crack a beer and toast the success.

Strangely, our film this year, on open film night Bluescreen, was not showing in the documentary strand. No, we were in with the art films. Is this a promotion? Can we call Dom an artist now? (a pro tip; best you don’t.) The good news was that it meant we screened in a gallery space at The Muse, a bit further down Portobello Road. As we arrived, we were delighted to find a Stewy on display. A good omen indeed.

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Look, it us!

A clean white cube with excellent projection and sound, Dom pronounced himself very satisfied with the presentation. I think we came as a welcome relief to some of the oddities on display in the art programme, especially the 20 minute film consisting entirely of closeups of odd corners of the South Bank. More of an installation than something to sit and watch.

Following the screening, we decamped to a local pizza joint, Saporitalia and cheerfully ate ourselves silly. I recommend the Piccante. A wander up to Notting Hill Gate afterwards for Gelato at Gelato Mio, before we good companions went our separate ways.

 

Portobello is not a film festival for everyone. It’s a freewheeling social affair that encourages drop in visits rather than full sit-down grinds through the extended programmes. Frankly, this approach can be fun. You get to check in on interesting looking movies, and bug out if you want a break. It’s friendly, funky and above all, free. A celebration of creativity, with a laid back air. What’s not to like? MadeByWade make a point of screening here, and long may our relationship with Jonathan and Portobello continue.

Now, about that Golden Trellick…

Dom and Stewy at Portobello

A couple of months ago we talked about a short film that Dom made in partnership with elusive Bristol street artist Stewy. That film was shown at the People’s Museum in Manchester as part of a day in which he re-created one of his works–a stencil portrait of feminist icon Mary Wollstonecroft.

Dom and Stewy’s film was accepted for screening at the Portobello Film Festival, taking place in early September. It was shown in the iconic Pop-Up Cinema underneath the Westway, and presented an opportunity for an art happening that Stewy couldn’t resist.

Stewy’s work is largely based on the notion of site-specific portraiture–that is, celebrating famous people in the areas where they lived and worked. The Westway and Ladbroke Grove is rich in pop culture history, and Stewy chose his subject carefully.

The Pop-Up has hosted graf work by renowned artists like Blek Le Rat, so Stewy was in good company when he and Dom rocked up at the Pop-up, spray-cans and stencils in hand. Under cover of darkness, Stewy got to work.

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The work went quickly (the joy of stencil graf is that all of the prep is done off-site, so you can throw up a piece incredibly quickly) and within ten minutes the Pop-Up had a new resident.

None other than the mighty Ian Dury.

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The documentary was well-received by the usual crowd of West London scenesters. Dom and Stewy made their way back to Bristol with the warm feeling that they’d definitely made an impression.

As a sign of appreciation for Dom’s hard work on the documentary, Stewy presented him with an original work. This is Laurent Fignon, French cycling legend and one of Dom’s heroes. Lovely gesture, don’t you think?

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***BREAKING NEWS***

We’ve heard that Stewy, Woolstonecraft And Graffiti has been nominated for a Documentary Award at the 2015 Portobello Film Festival. This is obviously great news and serves as vindication for the hard work that both Dom and Stewy put into the film. Well done, chaps!

In celebration… let’s ‘ave a little dance, eh?

The Story Of A Busy Summer

It’s been a full few months for us at Team MadeByWade, so it’s about time we filled you in on our activities over the summer.

Most of our focus is on Dom’s new documentary project. With a working title of Steel Is Real But Carbon Is Quicker, it focusses in on the heroes of British cycling that you might not have heard of. We’re looking at the grass-roots hardcore that are out in all weathers, the back-room geniuses that make magic with a frame, two wheels and a chainset, and the old-school legends that gave the sport its grounding.

With interviews in the bag from cycling star Yanto Barker, bike doctor Rohan Dubash, photographers Chris Weston and John Pierce, and chats with British cycling legends Colin Sturgess and Phil & Grant Bayton, Dom is taking his passion for the sport and putting it on the big screen. There’s at least one exciting name yet to sit in front of his Ring Of Lenses, and Dom is confident that Steel Is Real will be a must-watch for new and old fans of the toughest sport there is. Allez allez!

Another new project revolves around Dom’s continuing support of the Cube Microplex in Bristol, one of the UK’s most interesting independent cinemas. He’s putting together a history of Bluescreen, the venue’s long-running short film night. Dom responded to a request from Bluescreen’s founders, and with six interviews in the bag and an assistant editor hired, his film will see the light before the end of the year. We’ll keep you up to speed on progress, of course. Expect a premiere showing at The Cube!

Meanwhile, work continues on our long-term project, The End Point Of A Circle. Our yearly interview with Gimpo (number 7, if you’re counting) took place as scheduled, and a new cut is in progress. A couple of key interviewees are being courted who will really help complete the back story of Gimpo’s long, strange trip. As we move towards Year 17, mysterious rumblings are heard on the M25. Next time you cross the QE Bridge and hit Top Dead Centre, remember: Gimpo patrols the boundaries so you don’t have to.

We’re into the closing stages of one ongoing project. Decks, Dance and Videotape scored an interview with Roger Nell, AKA rave DJ Mr. South. He graciously invited us into his home, and a fun afternoon was had spinning tunes, drinking cava and chatting about dance music. Mr. South was the last person we really needed to speak to, so following a final post polish and colour grade we’ll be pushing this one out for all of y’all to enjoy.

Of course, Dom’s trick bag of vintage and digital stills cameras comes out on a regular basis. Here’s a few shots he took at the Prescott Speed Hill Climb for vintage cars in Gloucestershire in August.

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He was also in France for the 2015 Tour de France. Here’s three photos from that trip.

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There’s one more bit of news, but that’s on embargo till 9am Monday morning. So get yourself back here then!

Stewy, Wollstonecroft And Graffiti


Made by Wade have just delivered a short documentary about street artist Stewy, which was screened as part of a day showing the creation of one of his works at the People’s Museum in Manchester. That image, of iconic early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, was featured in a BBC programme on the suffragettes and their legacy. A clip from that programme, Suffragettes Forever: The Story of Women and Power, starts off the film.

Stewy’s work focusses on stencilled portraits of famous figures in settings that are meaningful to them. For example, his Dylan Thomas piece is on a wall in Laugherne, the town where the poet spent the last four years of his life. Meanwhile, Manchester is home to portraits of hometown icons like Tony Wilson and Frank Sidebottom.

The documentary features an exclusive interview with the reclusive Stewy, shot in a burnt-out garage somewhere in Bristol. We’ve made sure that his identity remains a secret. Stewy stresses that interest should be shown in the art rather than the artist.

Dominic and Made By Wade have followed and documented Stewy since his first work, a cheeky stencilled pigeon, appeared in Shoreditch in 2007. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, and his art is enjoyed and embraced by the communities in which he works.

Unusually, he seeks permission before spraying. This explains why works such as his Wollstonecraft, which is on the side of the Unitarian chapel in Newington Green where she lived and worked, has become a part of the scenery of the area rather than simply being painted over as graffiti.

As part of the show, Stewy also created a new edition of his Wollstonecraft image, with a green background as a nod to the locality in which the original is sited.

Following the Manchester screening, the documentary has been shown at Bluescreen in Bristol, with further excursions planned this summer. Keep it locked to Made By Wade’s news page for more info on where you can see this film on the big screen.

For more information on Stewy and his work, check out http://www.stewy.eu/


Now for a musical interlude, as part of Made By Wade’s intention to both entertain and educate. Please enjoy Like Soldiers Do by Billy Bragg, as featured in the documentary.


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docoBanksy On DVD

I had a delivery the other day which was pretty exciting. Our American distributor, Synergetic, has been working hard to raise awareness of docoBanksy on the other side of the pond. They’ve sent me over a few examples of the retail DVD.

Text on this is by my partner in crime, Rob Wickings.

Text on this is by my partner in crime, Rob Wickings.

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Looking good, don’t you think? If you’d like a copy, MadeByWade is your first best line of contact. Drop us a line using the contact form below, and I’ll hook you up with a personalised copy for just a tenner.