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This article was written on 04 Jan 2012, and is filled under 2011, Games.

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Uppies and Downies 2011

This film was the inaugural screening at the new Florence Mine Arts Centre, Egremont, as part of Abandon Normal Devices Festival and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Opening Weekend 2011.

Over Easter 2011, we got involved with the “Uppies and Downies” mob football game in Workington, Cumbria, which happens three times each year over the Easter period and got a sense of what it must have felt like at the origins of football.

Joe Clark (Player of the Series 2011) explains that “freedom of expression” is the key ingredient in this epic contest and gives an insight into the laborious craft which goes into making each and every distinctive ball.

Video shot over the course of one day by Tim Brunsden and John O’Shea.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2011

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