Filmed on the evening of Friday 6th July 2012. The opening night of Richard Wilson's "Hang On A Minute Lads, I Have A Great Idea..." With comments from Acting Director Stewart Drew, A.C.E Regional Director Sally Abbott, Eddie Izzard calling from L.A, and Richard Wilson himself.
This video also contains Visitor Reactions to the work.
7 July - 1 October 2012
The De La Warr Pavilion presents its most ambitious commission to date: Hang On A Minute Lads, I've Got A Great Idea... by artist Richard Wilson. Based upon the iconic final scene of the film The Italian Job, this feat of engineering sees a full-sized replica coach balanced on the DLWP's rooftop. Eddie Izzard, Honorary Patron of DLWP, is the principal sponsor of the commission.
Hang On A Minute Lads, I've Got A Great Idea... forms part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. This spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration runs from 21 June until 9 September 2012, bringing together leading artists from across the UK and the world.
Since opening on 7 July, the installation has seen 25,000 visitors and received national and international press coverage. Click here to find out more.
Inspired by the scene in the film in which the coach containing gold bullion and a gang of robbers hovers precariously over a cliff, Hang On A Minute Lads, I've Got a Great Idea... expands this myth and spectacle in the perfect setting - an equally iconic building, key to the identity of the UK.
The title of the work is taken from the final words in the film spoken by Michael Caine, when the coach, climbing the Italian Alps and carrying a gang of robbers and a fortune in gold, swerves off the road and teeters precariously over the edge of the mountain. With the gang at one end and the gold at the other, the film finishes with an impossible dilemma -- how can they save the gold, themselves and the coach from falling over the edge? The Italian Job, its British stars, the use of the Mini as the get-away car, the song "We Are The Self-Preservation Society" and the predicament of the final scene have all contributed to film becoming a national treasure. Hang On A Minute Lads... embraces all those quintessential British cultural references, including its sense of humour and, as such, is the perfect way to demonstrate the excellence of current British creativity and artistic practice.