Historic Southport Celebrations to be captured on film


Photo: Sir Henry Segrave with Sunbeam Tiger on Southport sands

OMF, producers of the award winning TARIRO feature movie in 2014 and BeepBeep in 2015, are proud to announce that their major production in 2016 will be an in-depth feature length documentary of Southport’s week-long celebration of Sir Henry Segrave setting the Land Speed Record on Southport sands.

In a series of runs on Southport’s famously flat beach, in March 1926 Segrave set the record in a Sunbeam Tiger he nicknamed Ladybird. Organised by The Atkinson and including a re-enaction of the historic record breaking runs as well as static displays in town, a cavalcade along Lord Street and a celebrity dinner, under the banner of Southport Festival of Speed, celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of Segrave’s mammoth achievement will last for a full week.

OMF will be going behind the scenes with the organising team, including the Sunbeam Talbot Daracq Register, Aintree Circuit Club and Segrave historical specialists prior to capturing all the activity over the full week of celebrations, to produce [email protected], a feature length in-depth TV style documentary with an anticipated runtime in the region of 90 minutes.

Central to the film of course will be the re-enactment of Segrave’s record runs on the same measured mile of sands that will be held on Wednesday 16th March. Incredibly, the actual car used by Segrave to set the record will be returning to Southport for the celebrations. OMF have also located the only known archive film footage of Segrave’s 1926 achievement and the producer is currently working with the organiser to recreate the runs exactly for a possible split screen sequence contrasting the 2016 celebration runs with Segrave’s 1926 record runs. “Having access to archival footage means that [email protected] will not just be a record of an historic celebration – it will also be historically accurate.”

Following the March events, [email protected] will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD, with all proceeds donated to charity. More information and pre-orders on the dedicated web site at www.onefivetwoatninety.co.uk.

Based in Southport, OMF (which is short for Old Man Film), is a not-for-profit retirement initiative raising awareness and funds for charity. Over the last three years a number of films have been made, all of which have raised funds donated entirely to charity. OMF’s highest profile film was TARIRO, an award winning 120 minute feature drama with a storyline based on real case histories of human trafficking in Britain. TARIRO has been screened in Canada, Indonesia and the Netherlands and achieved an International Silver Award for its director in the Filmmaker of the Year Awards. More recently, BeepBeep has raised more than £500, donated to support the work of The Salvation Army in Southport.


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