Chalk Trace


As a child in the 1950s, Ron Cockroft drew a chalk line from his school in Oldham to his home in Chadderton. Chalk Trace commemorates and reanimates his graffiti journey through a now much-changed network of streets.

Cast & Crew

A film by
 Esther Johnson
Andrew Oldham
Sound Edit  
Chu-Li Shewring

Selected Screenings

· Bodies in Land: Abercynch, Pembrokeshire - 24/05/14
· Clerkenwell Screen Shorts: Clerkenwell Design Week London - 20-21/05/14
· Sidney Cooper Gallery: Canterbury Christ Church University - 20-22/02/14
· The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge: Directors Lounge: Naherholung Sternchen Berlin - 06-16/02/14
· Urban Visionaries: Art on the Underground, Canary Wharf Screen London - 17/01/14-12/02/14
· PhotoMediations Machine Web Exhibition - 12/13-01/13
· Artist Film Screening: Lewis Glucksman GalleryUniversity College Cork, Ireland - 13/12/13
· RANDOM ACTS Channel 4, Transmission date 28/10/13

Project Background

Launched in 2011 Random Acts is a short-form daily arts strand on Channel 4, aimed at supporting and providing a platform for risk-taking and innovative arts content from both established artists and emerging talent. With an emphasis on television as art, rather than about art, Random Acts programmes content including, but not restricted to, spoken word, dance, animation, video art and music.

Key Information


Chalk Trace


Esther Johnson


Random Acts

Year Completed




Shooting format

HD and 16mm film

Screening format



Blanche Pictures

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