OAPs star in ‘Freedom Pass—The Movie’ with bus-stop dance in Wapping
- Credit: London Councils
Three pensioners have shot to fame in a short movie promoting bus passes that was filmed in east London.
OAPs Jo Hunt, Mary Rees and Linda Smither are fast attracting fans as “the ladies who bus” now the film is on the web.
The film, ambitiously titled ‘Freedom Pass—The Movie’, was videoed on the streets of Wapping and Canary Wharf and along the Regent’s Canal.
The movie features a specially choreographed bus stop dance performed near St Katharine’s Dock by six dancers aged 58 to 80, with other scenes filmed at South Quays DLR station on the Isle of Dogs and at the canal in Bethnal Green.
“We hired a double-decker for the day so the camera crew could crawl all over it for the filming,” explained a London Councils spokesman. “The plot follows ‘the ladies who bus’ using their Freedom passes on a journey gathering information for their blog along the way.”
The film was made for London Councils to promote Europe’s most comprehensive concessionary travel scheme giving free public transport to more than a-million eligible Londoners including the over-60s.
The scheme funded by the 33 London boroughs has cost £3 billion over the past 20 years, for travel on London buses, trains, the Underground, DLR and trams, as well as local buses across the country.