ELEGY FOR THE ELSWICK ENVOY
Director: Nancy Willis
England, 2007, 24 min
Crew:Producers: Hilary Durman, Jim Sayer and Wendie Ottewill - Screenwriter: Nancy Willis - Editor: Francis Buchanan - Cinematographer: Will Milner - Sound: Ben Bradley and Phil Bax - Animations: "Alpine Journey" by Nancy Willis & "History of the Trike" by Reetesh Motah - Contributors: Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Phylis and Brian Strett, Tony Heaton of Holton Lee Arts, The Science Museum, Wroughton and Peter Dench of Auto Mobility Concepts Ltd
Sales:Hilary Durman, Executive Producer - Resource Base, London, United Kingdom - T: 023 8023 6806
Disabled artist Nancy Willis is in search of a home for her much loved, but aging car - the Elswick Envoy. This unique small car was designed to be driven directly from a wheelchair. Launched in the early 1980's only two hundred were ever made. Nancy's distinctive red version is one of the last survivors of this rare breed. As she prepares to take possession of an ultramodern adapted Renault, Nancy sets out on a mission to ensure that her Elswick will not vanish without trace from motoring history. In this personal road movie, Nancy can see her own struggle for continuing mobility mirrored in the increasingly unreliable performance of her battered old car. This witty and moving film is a fitting tribute and final farewell to a distinguished old friend.
About the director
Nancy Willis is a London based visual artist, her practice spanning over thirty years. Working with paint, printmaking, sculpture and digital media she has exhibited regularly in group and solo exhibitions. "Elegy for the Elswick Envoy" is her first film.