Owner of Harrogate Luxury B&B The Chapel Mark Hinchliffe is preparing for an adventurous commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the film The Italian Job.
In the week 26 October to 3 November acclaimed designer Mark is taking a return coach from Harrogate to Turin via London, and proposes to film the journey in Carry On style.
He is now inviting commercial sponsorship for the trip commemorating the 1969 film.
On board the coach are artists and chefs who have been influenced by Italian culture over the last 50 years. The plan is to place a life-size replica of the Italian Job coach, designed by Royal Academician Richard Wilson, on top of a six-storey Turin apartment block
Mark told Luxury Bed & Breakfast magazine the initiative has government support as the event’s timing coincides with the UK’s exit from the European Union. The date 31 October is also opening day at the Artissima Art Fair and the proposed date of the coach landing on top of the building.
‘The Italian Job’ starring Michael Caine was released 2nd June 1969.
The movie was shot in Turin and tells the story of a plan to steal a gold shipment by creating a traffic jam and returning it to Britain in an old coach.
50 years later we plan to bring something back to Italy through a cultural intervention, demonstrating how the British over the last 50 years have become deeply influenced by Italian culture through art, design, food and wine…
…And now is the time for payback!
We will take a coach from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and drive to Turin via London.
Filmed in a ‘Carry On’ style, the coach trip from London to Turin includes a return journey.
On the coach there will be artists and chefs whom have been influenced by Italian culture over the last 50 years.
Simultaneously, we plan to place a life-size replica of ‘The Italian Job’ coach by Royal Academician artist Richard Wilson on top of a six-storey apartment block in central Turin.
Whether you saw the original 1969 film (which was broadcast on TV every Christmas for at least 20 years) or you saw the 2003 remake, ‘The Italian Job’ was a film that all the family could watch and enjoy (ages 15 to 70+ years and any gender).
This is a once in a lifetime stockpile of Italian cultural significance, events and celebrations all at once. Such a grand series of events and passionate art will never happen again. Join us on our coach.
Now is the time to come to Turin!