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An image of On the set of 'Ferry cross the Mersey' by Lewis Morley

Lewis Morley

(Hong Kong, England, Australia 16 Jun 1925 – 03 Sep 2013)

Title
On the set of 'Ferry cross the Mersey'
Other titles:
At the Cavern nightclub 1963
Year
1964-1965
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions

19.9 x 24.9 cm image; 20.5 x 25.3 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the artist 2007
Accession number
241.2007
Copyright
© Lewis Morley
Location
Not on display
Further information

According to information recorded on the back of the image, ‘On the set of ‘Ferry cross the Mersey’’ depicts four female film set extras, one of whom has just had her arm autographed by a star from the film. Director Jeremy Summer’s 1965 film (UK release), which was shot on location in Liverpool focused on the Merseybeat scene that flourished there in the early sixties. The film starred Gerry and the Pacemakers band members and featured scenes in local nightclubs such as the Cavern, where it is thought the Morley image may have been taken. Morley has effortlessly captured the expression of ebbing awe on the young woman’s face after her brush with fame, the curious and perhaps envious expressions of those nearby, and most beautifully the stylish Mod fashions of the day. This is one image from a photo story based around Brian Epstein in Liverpool which was included in Morley’s 2006 exhibition at AGNSW and used as the catalogue cover and exhibition invitation image.

Bibliography (1)

Judy Annear, Lewis Morley, Sydney, 2006, cover (illus.), 103.

Exhibition history (1)

Lewis Morley, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2006–10 Sep 2006