Max’s Corsa Can!

Filming for Means of Production 2 has been continuing in Corsica! But it hasn’t all been simple fun and games; oh no.

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April 4th: Lucy and Luke picked me up from my grandmother’s house in London and we shot off at high speed to catch our ferry. However things took a turn for the inconvenient when Luke’s radiator exploded just before reaching the dartford crossing.


This could have been rather stressful, however I was able to calm myself by playing my travel guitar on the hard shoulder (modelled here by Mat “maqic” Morrissey).

We were towed back to my grandmother’s, had a cup of coffee and decided: if Luke’s car wouldn’t take us, then my Vauxhall Corsa Can. Ha!


It would be a 3000 mile round trip that would leave me without brakes and spending around £500 on repairs and losing a kayak. But it was worth it.

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Observing a ferral existence, we barely had time to string up a hammock; setting up camp wherever we could, we managed so circumnavigate the Island in a week.


Now don’t get me wrong, Corsica is fantastic. It’s just that sometimes Corsican rivers can be a little bit like…

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And now-and-then a little too much like…

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And all to often a bit…


And Corsica is hungry for kayaks! A “slight” mis-judgement left me quite stuck in a hole on the upper Veccio.

Realising just how stuck I was, I relieved myself from command of my vessel (i.e. I swam), not forgetting to go back in for my camera!

I swam up, hungry for air, only to hit my head on the bottom of a cliff. With my eyes just above the water line, I could see the deep dark nothingness of a cave. With the feeling of water pulling at my feet, I was not in a happy place.

So I spun around and was a bit happier to see light behind me; I was beside the hole and not behind it.

Peli Case in hand, I clawed my way as far out the cave as I could before attempting to grab some of the downward flow of the pour-over, which I hoped would carry me to safety – Concerned though I was about going too deep, ending up behind the pour-over in the darkness.

I resurfaced, again hitting my head on the cave ceiling, and decided that I was in a pretty bad way… I ditched my camera!

Grabbing the downward flow (as tactically as I could) I made another attempt at escape. Travelling deeper this time, I was aware that I hadn’t made much distance down stream. This was bad.

As I floated upwards for another attempt, I was struck my the devine presence of nylon in my left hand. I never noticed before the heavenly texture of floating rope! I felt it tighten and was reminded of my first experience fishing in Siberia. (Thanks Luke!)

My head above water, I looked to my right and grabbed my Peli Case floating next to me; it had not been so bad. My kayak was never seen again…

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The scramble out of the canyon was pretty trivial, all things considered. That is so long as you don’t encounter a train in the tunnels!


But Corsica is a beautiful place – kind if you don’t take it for granted. Beautiful views await us on the top of one of the higher mountain passes.

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Steep (often dangerous) water is extremely satisfying to navigate; the hardest runs being full of many brain-teasing problems to solve.


Keeping your knuckles and elbows safe is one of Corsica’s dark arts. But it is an art – a skill worth refining.

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And occaisionally…

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Many more opportunities to find good shots for the next film!

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And if that’s all too much, why not try some playboating on the middle Golo!

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A new trailer for MOP2 will be out this Summer. Keep watching this space:

Means of Production:

Means of Production 2:

Photos by Adam Dumolo

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