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!

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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.