During August, Hull born Hollywood Screenwriter, Gavin Scott and I filmed several of Hull’s finest, telling stories about their connection with Hull.
They included Hull City Council leader Stephen Brady along with historians, poets and writers such as Val Wood, Russ Litten, Robb Robinson, Adele Gough, Mike Emberton, Brian Isles, plus budding creative start up partners Nathan Dennis and Alistair O’Sullivan.
They all turned out for their allocated film slot on a beautiful sunny day down at the Streetlife Museum in Hull’s Museum Quarter. Although we shared the venue with the public, the ambience for the shoot proved just right. The museum staff providing some very attentive guidance of the public around our impromptu film set ups.
They each provided us with several entertaining Hull stories and insights which will be used in the final film and we were able to make a good selection for the trailer.
(Stephen Brady’s tale of his estates sweet shop “SPANGLES” glut is certainly one that took me back to a simpler time!)
Above: Hull City Council Leader Stephen Brady believes the documentary would be a great contribution to the City of Culture year.
In the trailer Gavin introduces The HULL Story which is planned as a 90-minute documentary aiming for broadcast in 2017, then going on around the world to different international markets post ’17.
I’ve got a sense that Japan, China and South Korea will be intrigued by the quirky insights into an area of the North that has never been featured in the same way that Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds or Bradford has.
So too with the United States and all those Hanseatic countries with closer trading histories.
By combining a visual exploration of Hull with archive film, photographs and interviews with his own contemporaries and the generation before, Gavin will create a mosaic of the city’s story from its deep past through to its popular memory – and a vision of how it is adapting to the future.
Gavin whose screenwriting career include amongst others ‘The Borrowers’ (1998) and as co-writer with Monty Python’s Terry Jones on ‘Absolutely Anything’ starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale (2015), lives in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.
We’ll be having plenty of Skype chats with established Hull companies who wish to be involved in such a comprehensive and engaging look at Hull’s own brand story.
The finished trailer gives an insight into the final film and will be shown to potential corporate, individual and civic funders.
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ABOVE: SOME OF GAVIN SCOTT’S SCREENWRITING CREDITS