Last night saw the première of ’56,000’, a short film about Preston bus station by two of the buildings biggest fans.
Photographers Paul Adams and Andrew Wilson came up with the idea after hearing of the council’s plans to demolish the Preston landmark, which now looks all but saved and soon to be transferred to Lancashire County Council for the ongoing upkeep of the building.
Their cinematic endeavour has involved countless visits to the iconic venue and many hours of recording and editing.
The soundtrack includes music by Stoko and Richard G. Mitchell, interspersed with local people’s memories of the 44 year old building.
The film’s title ’56,000’ is the average number of passengers that use the Grade II listed bus interchange every day!
Although slightly fewer people attended last night’s showing at The New Continental, it was still standing room only for latecomers.
After a short introduction by the two filmmakers, the ten minute long black and white film was aired for the first time and as the end credits rolled they were accompanied by a rapturous round of applause from the suitably impressed audience.
Whether you’re a fan of the controversial building or not, the film is certainly worth watching and it’s available on Youtube from today.
Have you watched the film? Let us know what you think in the comments below