As a child in the 1950s, Ron Cockroft drew a chalk line from his school in Oldham to his home in Chadderton. CHALK TRACE commemorates and reanimates his graffiti journey through a now much-changed network of streets.

The film was photographed in the original streets of Oldham as they stand today – over 60 years after Ron’s original graffiti. The street images are individual photographs that were then re-photographed and animated on a 1950s school desk, via a mix of HD video and 16mm film. The soundtrack recounts the street names that Ron journey’s through.

Made for the Channel Four strand Random Acts.