Guest Writer and Photographer: CRISTOPHER FROST (Nottingham Daily Photo, The Beestonian, PostLite)
There was an unusual, and exciting event that took place in Beeston (March 27, 2015), a world premiere film show based on close up photographs of the ‘Ghost Bus’; the old dilapidated Bartons bus that was found rotting in a Suffolk field.
The bus made its first appearance at Bartons in October 2012, and of course I popped along to see and write about it for this blog. Last October a well known Italian writer and visual artist called Roberto Alborghetti saw the bus for the first time and was amazed at the state of the vehicle. He then spent a couple of hours taking 500 close up photos of the rust, peeled paint and general distress on the buses bodywork and has turned 130 of them into a thirteen minute film, naturally called The Ghost Bus.
Besides seeing the film, Bartons had put lights and a smoke machine inside the bus, to give it a supernatural and atmospheric air, amplified by the darkness of the garage setting. Would you want to spend the night alone on this bus?
Roberto has also made a shorter, six minute film, using some of the other photos called Seaside Film, Both films were impressive and well received by the audience. There was also time for a small question and answer session.
It was a wonderful event, and for those that are curious about what the film looks like, Roberto has put a small extract on YouTube – https://youtu.be/1YWqP38vHQo