In March 2014 Dave & Maz Reynolds were invited to Lynmouth to the Premiere of the documentary: "The Journey of the Louisa" which had been Produced by animator/cameraman Ken Blakey. They loved it and talks started immediately with Ken to work with Great British Entertainment & screenwriter Adrian Tyson to Produce the feature animation Louisa: An Amazing Adventure. 10,000 hours later Ken completed the movie in late 2018. Then Toby Dunham composed an outstanding music score "The Louisa Suite" and Michael McDermott/Eleanor Grant's song "In Your Arms" were both edited into the edited movie as was Hearts of Oak folk group's song: "The Lynmouth Lifeboat".
Producer Dave Reynolds came across the Louisa lifeboat rescue story in 2007 at the Porlock Literary Festival when he was given a copy of the C. Walter - Hodges novel: The Overland Launch (1969). He immediately thought it would make a great movie. So began many years of research across Exmoor's coastal area between Lynmouth & Porlock to find out what really happened back in 1899. So Louisa: An Amazing Adventure movie was born.
Ken Blakey, the Animator & Director of Louisa: An Amazing Adventure, read about the Louisa lifeboat story at school back in 1970 when C Walter Hodges novel "The Overland Launch" was published. Later he moved to Lynton & Lynmouth and was amazed to learn that the famous "Overland Launch" lifeboat story originated there - and so began him finding out more! In 2014 he produced a short documentary about the rescue, and from that Great British Entertainment Ltd asked him would he be interested in producing a feature animation. After 10,000 hours of fantastic animation with music added by Toby Dunham, Louisa: An Amazing Adventure was Previewed in January 2019 at Lynton Cinema to coincide with the 120th Anniversary of Louisa's adventure on 12th-14th January 1899.
As Lynmouth was severely flooded in August 1952, many of the riverside & harbour buildings were destroyed. Fortunately. the Director/Animator: Ken Blakey obtained drawings of how the town looked like back in 1899 and set the film story within that period. It looks stunning.
As the characters were being developed for Louisa, the production team visited The Village Inn in Lynmouth and met the well loved pub dog Rollo. Immediately it was thought that he could befriend May Crocombe as she walks around Lynmouth. So Rollo is now a Super-Dog-Star.
In March 2019 Stephen Cookson/CK Films, Gary Collins/Red Rock Entertainment & Lipsync Post-Productions joined Dave & Maz Reynolds/Great British Entertainment to Co-Produce and re-edit plus upgrade Louisa for marketing to film festivals and international distribution.
It was felt, after some private previews, that a voice-over be added to explain what was happening as the lifeboat rescue story unfolded. Co-Producer Stephen Cookson approached Celia Imrie, who he'd worked with before, and she kindly agreed to record the narration playing May Crocombe as an adult reflecting upon the rescue as it unfolded. The voice-over script was written by Maz & Dave Reynolds and is historically accurate.