• Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

The Northwich filmmaker celebrates the premiere of a new feature film

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jul 17, 2022

A BAND of ‘misfits’ who are steeped in Manchester folklore have been immortalized on celluloid by a Northwich filmmaker.

Nathan Cunningham is still on top form after his debut film ‘The Piccadilly Rats: Live in Moderation’ premiered last weekend (July 9).

The film tells the story of an unlikely group who went from the streets of Manchester to the main stage of Kendal Calling where they shared a bill with hometown favorites The Charlatans.

For Nathan, 44, who grew up in the city before leaving in his twenties, the film represents his first foray into the world of cinema, with the hope that it will soon be picked up by a distributor.

“The band is a bunch of old misfits,” he said.

“They are all of a certain age and both dancers were in their 60s, although Tommy is now 80.

“It’s basically a bit of street theatre, but they do little squeaky rock and roll covers and it’s just a crazy fun little outfit.

“The premiere was amazing because the band are kind of like folk heroes in this part of the country.”

The premiere of the film has been sold

The premiere was at the Home Theater and proved so popular, soon sold out and had to move to one of the bigger venues. The movie itself is kind of a love job for Nathan because it took him four years to put it all together.

“It’s a heartfelt film, because while it’s a laugh out loud, it’s also moving in places,” he said.

“It touched a lot of people, and we even got a standing ovation at the end of the film.

“I’ve toyed with film for many years, but this is my very first feature film.”

Northwich Guardian: The Piccadilly Rats have a cult following in ManchesterThe Piccadilly Rats have a cult following in Manchester

Part of that “messing around” included starting his own film company called Gritish Films with the help of former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones (The Battersby). But it was under the guise of a new solo project called ‘The Low Flying Geese’ that brought him here and now.

“We’re going to be spending the next few months doing the film festival circuit to get it out to a wider audience,” he added.

“And from there it’s about trying to find a distributor for it.

“It would be great if I could come back and show it in Northwich.

“I still have a big brotherhood in town and a lot of them came for the premiere.”