Talk on Wallace & Gromit

Dave Alex Riddett.
Dave Alex Riddett.

AKEY figure in the success of the Wallace and Gromit films franchise is giving a talk in Harborough about his exciting career.

Dave Alex Riddett, who lived in Great Bowden while growing up, is an experienced filmmaker who has worked as director of photography on most of the Wallace and Gromit films as well as the much-loved Creature Comforts TV adverts and other short films made by Oscar winner Nick Park’s Aardman Animation studios.

The talk is taking place at Harborough Theatre, in Church Square, on Saturday, March 12.

It is the latest talk in the theatre’s ‘An Audience With’ series.

Dave will speak about his experiences, both as director and cinematographer, and will give some examples of how the broadcast and feature films are made.

He worked on the Shaun the Sheep film, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, A Matter of Loaf and Death, Wallace and Gromit World of Invention and Gromit Royal Mail Christmas Stamps 2010.

Among the theatrical Aardman shorts Dave has done are Pib and Pog, My Baby Just Cares for Me, Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Next and Going Equipped. He also did the commentary on Aardman Classics DVD and co-directed the animated Aardman logo.

Dave grew up in Great Bowden and has many fond memories of his time in the village and of Harborough Theatre, where his photographer father Alec Riddett was artistic manager for many years.

The show will start at 7.45pm. (doors open at 7.15pm) Tickets cost £5 from Quinns Bookshop in Three Crowns Yard, off High Street, in Harborough.