When Better Letters Met Stan Wilkinson

The third film in the series of When Better Letters Met. . . Stan has been painting letters since the age of 15, and over 68 years later he is still painting. This is his story as part of a sign writing family tree that spans over 100 years. It is also his story of survival.

  • Adrian Harrison
  • Sam Roberts
    When Better Letters Met series
  • Stan Wilkinson
    Key Cast
    "Stan Wilkinson"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, art, sign writing
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 3, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • London Design Festival 2018
    United Kingdom
    September 19, 2018
Director Biography - Adrian Harrison

Born and raised under the big skies of Lincolnshire, UK, Adrian Harrison is an award winning Motion Graphic Designer with over 30 years experience with BBC TV and Sky Television. He added short form documentary film production to his creative portfolio in 2013. With a passion for art and creativity, his first documentary, 21st Century Victorian was a finalist in the 2013 Movie Machine short film festival, and screened worldwide, as well as BBC News On Demand. His Letterpress film A23D, also received worldwide attention. Launched at the V&A Museum, London, during the London Graphic Design Festival, the film was selected as part of the Crafts Council Real to Reel festival 2016, and featured in the Imprimer le Monde Exhibition 2017 at the Pompidou Centre, Paris.
2017 saw the release of Everyone Back to Joby’s. Filmed with sign painters from across the globe, the film went on to be shortlisted for the Oasis Short Film Festival in New York, and Promax Short Film Festival in London. 2018 saw the release and worldwide screenings of Adrian's award winning Graphic Design & Typography film, 94 [8000 One Offs].

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Director Statement

I have always been passionate about art and design, and the physicality of making or creating something with your hands. If I am not creating, I am not happy. To marry these passions and interests with film making has been a career in the making and 2013 saw me launch into the world of short form documentary film making. Already, I have met some fascinating people along the way, been allowed to film in some wonderful places, and been granted access to some incredible archives. My film making journey has only just started, but my background in broadcast television has given me a sound footing in production and story telling. As a Graphic Designer I have a real eye for detail, and I take this into my filmmaking. I shoot my documentaries with a designer’s eye for detail and composition but with an ear for a good story.
There really is nothing that beats seeing your work projected on the big screen, and I have been lucky enough to have had many of my films shown to audiences in theatres across the UK. I plan to make sure this continues.