Private Project

Eyeless in Parkway

A Megabus journey from Bradford to London. Driven by the organic feel of the charcoal and Gerrard Bell-Fife’s original music, the journey twists and snakes through desolate places taking you somewhere you might not expect.

  • Lou Sumray
    Under The Bed (with 154Collective)
  • Fabric Lenny
    Awekids live
  • Phil Moody and Carolyn Edwards
    True North, Songs From Next Door
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 24, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
  • Leeds International Film Festival
    Leeds, West Yorkshire
    United Kingdom
    November 17, 2019
    Yorkshire Short Film Competition
  • Brickbox Rooms
    Bradford, West Yorkshire
    United Kingdom
    February 24, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Festival Du Cinema Europeen
    March 8, 2020
    French Premiere
  • Cinema no Estendal
    September 4, 2020
    Portuguese Premiere
  • Women Over Fifty Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 29, 2020
    3rd prize Animation
  • Bolton International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 17, 2020
  • Drunken Film Festival Bradford
    United Kingdom
    November 10, 2020
  • Kinofilm Manchester international short film festival
    United Kingdom
    October 23, 2022
Director Biography - Lou Sumray

Born in 1957 in UK,
Studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London
Working with Chris Goode & Co, Lou made iPad animations for “9” at the TRANSFORM Festival in 2012 at the Leeds Playhouse, followed by “Wanted” in 2016, and “Mirabel” at the Ovalhouse, London in 2018.
Lou’s first hand-drawn charcoal animation, Follow Me (for 154collective’s "Under The Bed") won 1st Prize at Bradford Open Exhibition in 2017.

Continues painting and drawing in her Bradford studio in West Yorkshire , and is currently working on her next animated feature.

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Director Statement

I have always had drawing at the centre of my artistic practice but have only recently discovered hand drawn animation, Eyeless in Parkway being my 2nd charcoal drawn animation.
Eyeless in Parkway was made without much of a storyboard, just quick sketches on scraps of paper, drawn almost intentionally as throw away items ( with a fear that the magic might get lost before drawing the actual frames). Starting with long held images from a childhood holiday of the large cooling towers (now demolished) at the side of the M1 motorway outside Sheffield UK. A fascination of how we 'view' our worlds through screens and connecting recent images gathered from megabus journeys via East Midlands Parkway Railway Station (also off the M1) was as much of a plan I had. A series of drawings that led to unexpected places and an organic collaboration with the musician, Gerrard Bell- Fife