To mark 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, a group of Lake District businesses have launched a short online film to celebrate her life and help promote Cumbria to potential visitors across the globe.
The film (available to view on Youtube) depicts a trip from Beatrix Potter’s Lake District home – the National Trust’s Hill Top – across the tranquil waters of Windermere in a traditional Lakeland ‘launch’ courtesy of Windermere Lake Cruises. Later, she is driven on to the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in a vintage 1925 Humber borrowed from the Lakeland Motor Museum. The famous writer is played by Kendal based Judith Notley.
The six minute ‘day in the life’ feature also highlights Potter’s love of gardening and sketching in the local landscape, along with spectacular aerial footage of Windermere filmed by Skylark Aerial Photography in conjunction with Naik Media.
The film was conceived and directed by hotelier Alison Magee-Barker, who is General Manager at Lindeth Howe.
“We wanted to create an inspirational short film to celebrate the enduring legacy of a Lakeland icon exactly 150 years on from her birth. It was great to bring some key Lake District businesses together to create something we believe is visually spectacular and will showcase this special part of the world to online audiences who may be inspired to come and see it for themselves!” (Alison Magee-Barker)
Beatrix Potter is a recognised name around the world and the film hopes to appeal to international visitors. As well as screenings at various trade shows and events, the written elements of the film are currently being translated into Japanese and Chinese.