New animation takes inspiration from the streets of BCLM

An experienced local filmmaker has returned to his passion project, an animated telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive tale “Emily The Little Match Girl”.

Emily the Little Match Girl animation - film poster
Emily the Little Match Girl film poster – Musical Motion Pictures

Matt Hickinbottom, who has worked in film and television since the age of 12, has revived the project he started working on 25 years ago. After falling in love with the story, Matt used his composing and writing expertise to craft a full musical, which he is now turning into an animated feature.

Musical Motion Pictures - street scene
A street scene from the film – Musical Motion Pictures

For the visuals, he has taken inspiration from many places, including Black Country Living Museum’s historic street scenes and canals. Voice talent in the film includes David Bradley (known for the Harry Potter franchise, Game of Thrones) and Lesley Joseph (known for Birds of a Feather), and the film is set to be released this Christmas via Musical Motion Pictures’ website.

Carol singers Musical Motion Pictures
Carol singers in the film – Musical Motion Pictures

To celebrate this, he is giving his subscribers a chance to win a free family day out at the Museum! To find out more about the film and enter the competition visit the Musical Motion Pictures website.

Official teaser trailer for Emily The Little Match Girl – Musical Motion Pictures

This competition is organised by Musical Motion Pictures, with a competition prize provided by Black Country Living Museum. For terms and conditions of tickets, please view T&Cs link via Musical Motion Pictures’ website.