Director: Jason Wingard
Cast: Antonio Aakeel, Jack Carroll, Asim Chaudhry, Johnny Vegas, Kevin Eldon
That vibe has been also created by the wonderful cinematography by the hand of Matt North (Relativity, Play The Game). It’s probably not always sunny weather in Blackpool but it certainly looks like that in Eaten by Lions.
Eaten by Lions looks good too, with cinematographer Matt North making the most of the Blackpool, Bradford and Manchester locations. It captures a flavour of these places today, which could be a bit of an eye-opener for London audiences.
Matt North’s cinematography brings about a pleasing luminosity to the beaches of Blackpool and its nightlife. There are some amazing wide shots also, one, in particular, inside Sea World, set against a towering backdrop, of a shark tank and the characters’ silhouettes in the foreground.
Matt North’s cinematography does justice to the bright, sunny beaches of Blackpool and its nightlife. Certain wide shots are breath-taking, even for someone who’d be fairly acquainted with Blackpool and its surroundings. One particular scene inside Sea World, set against the backdrop of a huge shark tank with the characters in silhouette in the foreground is wonderful.
The film has many visual highlights, but it is the engagement party (which includes a reading from Omar’s mothers’ diary) that stands as the most memorable.
But it’s the way the film is shot and edited that proves the film’s selling point. Those long crane shots over a dawning beach, a blue silhouette of aquatic location and a kaleidoscope of flaming fireworks complete a cyclical montage of psychedelic pictures.
Though to be fair Blackpool is remarkably clean and, apart from Ray’s B&B, non-seedy. Modern anti-littering by-laws, and Eaten By Lions‘ cinematographer Matt North, mean the town and the seaside look amazing on screen; particularly as the custard yellow Rolls Royce drives across the sands to the sparkly sea, or as Omar stands on the promenade at night, between two street-lights designed to look like stylised palm trees but with several lightbulbs missing.