I only know of Steve Cobby from endlessly playing his Fila Brazillia tracks in my old art gallery space at Humber Quays in Hull. I’ve known Russ for quite a few years since returning to Hull in 2007 and truly respect his commitment to fully explore and apply his story telling talents.
These two connected (somehow!) and created a unique (I don’t use the word lightly, I use it boldly!) musical and lyrical expression about life, with a Hull slant.
They are appearing at the Polar Bear tomorrow night – 22nd Oct 2016. – DON’T MISS IT!
MUSIC HERE: http://stevecobby.co.uk/album/polar-ep
Good article on them by Geb Babey here: http://louderthanwar.com/hull-people-interview-cobby-litten-people-come-sea-music-city-vultures
HULL’S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE STORY IS ABOUT TO BE TOLD BY A HOLLYWOOD SCREENWRITER …AND HULL LAD!
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.
You can help by suggesting or forwarding this to suitable candidates or if you’d like to discuss being one yourself…
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ABOVE: SOME OF GAVIN SCOTT’S SCREENWRITING CREDITS
A CELEBRATION OF REGIONAL FILM & ANIMATION.
The Rank Foundation are supporting a new Film Award – THE GONGS, to encourage the current and future generations of regional film makers.
Co-created and supported by Malcolm Scott of Kardomah 94.
HURRY! THE DEADLINE IS CLOSE – 21st DECEMBER 2015
TAKE A LOOK AT THE .PDF HERE!
It’s been a pleasure to see Paul Preston and Adie Louth develop their mockumentary style Film project “WINGMEN” over the last few months.
And an honour to contribute a new Logo for their Hull based company, Wingmen Films.
In march this year I gave them a lift to the BFI & Screen Yorkshire’s FILMMAKERS AND PRODUCTION DAY. Where amongst other highlights on the day, I introduced them (with myself leading the lunge!) to A Fish Called Wanda and Brassed Off Producer Steve Abbott in the foyer of the National Media Museum. (Lovely Man).
They got inspiration from Producer Nick Hirschkorn, part of a very experienced panel, where Nick talked about his approach to finding projects to produce and his latest TV series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel. Which was Filmed in Yorkshire and ably supported by Chris Hordley and his team at Creative England. (Creative England recently arranged a “Crew Night” at Kardomah 94in Hull, where Chris was in attendance with the Hull City Council team).
They also touched base with BAFTA Award Winning Producer, Chris Hees. Another Hull lad, who is set to do great things in the City, and who has provided them with sage advice along the way.
So the networking afterwards amongst the UK’s finest and Yorkshire’s future filmmakers must have had its effect, because in no time at all they have pulled together the people, schedule, promotions and confidence to seek funding for their first feature. (Aided by Lucy Meer their Producer who was assisstant to the Producer Sally Hibbin of ID2, which Filmed scenes in Hull earlier this year). SHOOT J MOORE are on board to supply the bulk of the kit and filming. Their Director is the highly experienced JOSUAH LEO DORFMAN.
WINGMEN the feature, is a mockumentary style “road” comedy following its main character Skittles (played by Adie Louth) a wannabe Rapper and his bumbling manager (Paul Preston) who has taken up an offer of free publicity from a London Documentary maker (Daniel Morgan) to follow their search for Rap Stardom from Hull’s urban talent pool.
Little do they know that the Documentary maker will do anything for sensational television and puts the unsuspecting, naive duo into whacky situations to get it. So will the Poet in Skittles triumph and find a global audience for his Hull voice? Will his manager achieve his true goals in life, easy money and easier women. In essence it’s not too far from an updated Bill & Ted, Bing & Bob or Abbot & Costello! a classic comedy approach. With plenty of Hull scenes, and a touch of London thrown in for good measure.
They need £7,000 to make it they way they want it to look.
So if you’re a business looking for a bit of Brand or Product placement, a Sponsor looking to take your kids to a days filming and meet the team, or even play an extra in it! A t-shirt, a mug or a ticket to the premier, now’s the time to support them.
Their Facebook page is here: WINGMEN
There’s not long to go! Whatever happens this film will be made, you can help them to make it how they want it to be.
You never know what’s going to make it big in the “indie” film world, this one is definitely worthy of a punt from Hull’s Business Community, Film Fans and LUVULL supporters.
A great sentiment and plan to cultivate regional screenwriting talent – iWrite from Creative England.
Paul Ashton, Senior Film Executive at Creative England said:
“Supporting regional voices at a key point in their career is at the heart of Creative England’s mission.
One thing I know is you can’t just wait for the best talent to come to you – you must go out and find it, nurture it, protect it and embolden it. The best way to do that is to work hand in hand with those who know their regions and know their talent.
This partnership is the perfect recipe to discover, inspire and support the next generation of writers for the big screen and I can’t wait to see what they create along the way.”
Find out more about the iWrite programme by viewing the iWrite page.
It seems like ages ago when my good mate Dave Windass asked me to design two logos for his theatre company and new city centre theatre space.
Ensemble 52 had been running for quite a while before Andrew Pearson and Richard Vergette added local playwright Dave as a Director in 2011. Bringing a new creative and promotionally savvy element to the mix. Symbolised eventually by the move into Malcolm Scott’s ground floor offices in 94 Alfred Gelder Street. A suitably alternative space for theatre productions by these three highly talented people, who truly care about the art.
Hence the Other Space (a name I also came up with) which seemed to sum up its local position in the theatrical pecking order.
Since the launch in May 2013 it has seen plays such as Cosmic by Tom Wells, Hull’s Angels a Janet Plater festive production, and City Sketch co-written by Windass and Vergette, which used almost the whole building.
Ensemble 52 are also about to bring Philip Larkin’s poem The Whitsun Weddings to life on a First Hull Trains journey to London Kings Cross on June 6th. Wedding couples will join the train at Hull and at platforms along the route. Audiences on board two carriages for the unique journey will also be able to hear exclusive one-off recordings of Larkin poems by Hollywood star Bill Nighy.
The Other Spaces’ space is also undergoing another transformation into… Kardomah, a name familiar to many in Hull as the tea and dance hall of the fifties and sixties, which was just around the corner in Whitefriargate.
Behind all this change is the muscle, energy and passion of Malcolm Scott himself, who wants to create a welcoming venue for all ages and demographics interested in theatre, comedy, music, film, poetry, art and anything else that can facilitate its entertaining use. A shrewd and much needed endeavour in the run up to the UK City of Culture year in 2017.
Seating up to approx. 150, a great light and sound rig, and I understand, a soon to be installed projection system, it looks all set to become a proper arts/event space.
Food and drink from its new cafe bar will be added in the next couple of months, making it a versatile and hopefully intimate venue for both day and night.
I will be using it myself for things Film related in connection to Hull Independent Producers events. Especially when I need a special late night kind of atmosphere, away from our space here on the Marina.
So the Other Space concept will keep adapting to whatever space makes itself available to it, as it has in this building… long live E52 @ Kardomah.
INTERESTED IN A LOGO DESIGN? CONTACT PAUL DENNIS ON 07736 199368 OR GO TO – WWW.CONSUL4DESIGN.COM
It was good to chat with Michael Jibson at the premier of brother Paul’s short film BIRDS, which was held at Fruit Space in Humber Street last thursday.
Michael was in the film with fellow Hull actor Marc Pickering.
He stressed how important it has been for him to build and maintain good contacts within the industry (with a bit of luck thrown in) as he explained to me the way his new project THE LIGHTHOUSE came into being.
THE LIGHTHOUSE, a feature film co-written by Michael and film director Chris Crow has been selected by the Film Agency for Wales emerging talent scheme CINEMATIC and awarded a budget of £300,000 in conjunction with the BFI, BBC Films, S4C and Soda Pictures.
Produced by David Lloyd of Dogs Of Annwn, the THE LIGHTHOUSE “A psychological thriller based on one of the most infamous incidents in Welsh maritime history” will go into production in the near future. Michael will also appear in the film as one of the two leading role.
Michael also said he would love to be involved in more filming in Hull. His brother is working on it.
I met Vincent Regan in the ERT, Beverley last year after the showing of the York documentary “Folie a Deux” by Kim Hopkins, he told me about his ambitious plans for a film adaptation of Macbeth.
It sounded like a fantastic project especially as it was to feature Sean Bean. I wondered if he could pull it off, I didn’t know then he was going to use crowd funding via KickStarter.
Their target was for $250,000 for pre-production and for helping to secure pre-sales. The total budget will I believe be around $4.5m.
WELL THEY DID IT! – THEY RAISED $255,564
The package and presentation was exemplary and obviously involved a massive input from the impressive cast and technical production support and marketing crew.
Take a look at it the pitch video here:
And the actual KickStarter campaign page here:
As a modest backer and twitter supporter, I’m looking forward to seeing the final film.
WELL DONE TO THE WHOLE TEAM. – An inspiration!
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A great evening listening to and watching film excerpts from Screenwriter and Director Mark Herman’s career was had by all last night at The 1 Gallery.
Many (not to be tweeted) secrets were shared with the attendees about the art and business of filmmaking.
Personal moments were also recounted such as listening to Michael Caine on the phone trying to persuade Mark he could do a Rochdale accent for the film Little Voice. Better he remained believable as a retired Cockney talent scout in Scarborough thought Mark, where the film was eventually shot. Another special moment being eating Fish and Chips with Michael in a bright red Cadillac on Scarborough sea front! 15 miles from Mark’s birthplace Bridlington.
Mark’s future film projects were also touched upon, one involving the Northern Soul scene!, which couldn’t be further away from his last foray into the German holocaust with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. A purposeful strategy of exploring different subject matter Mark expressed he has used throughout his career.
Mark also answered many highly intelligent questions from the attentive audience.(please come again!)
An unexpected appearance was also made by Robert DeNiro, ‘channeled’ by Nathan Dennis, offering his services, but only if it was filmed in Hull! (DeNiro being an actor Mark expressed an interest in working with on the recent BBC Burnsy show).
We hope to bring more luminaries from the world of Film to the Gallery and are seeking additional sponsors to help with that. Interested? Call Paul Dennis.
Mark stopped to admire The 1 Gallery’s Portrait Artist Paul Wtorkowski’s latest Oil Painting.
This will be a rare opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s most accomplished and experienced Film Directors.
Mark Herman will be talking about his life in the Film Industry. With films such as Brassed Off, Little Voice and his most recent film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (which grossed over £40m at the box office) he has earned an international reputation.
Mark was born in Bridlington, trained in London and won an Oscar for his Student Film – “See you at Wembley, Frankie Walsh” which was based in HULL.
The evening will consist of excerpts, a Q&A and plenty of chat and anecdotes on making some of Britains most iconic films.
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|Date:||March 20, 2014|
|Starts:||6:00 pm until 9.00pm|
|Venue:||The 1 Gallery, 2 Humber Quays, Wellington Street West, Hull HU1 2BN|
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I was pleased the iFeatures Roadshow team accepted my invitation to come to Hull as part of their regional tour of other cities.
Christopher Granier-Deferre and Kate Ohara gave the HULL attendees (a good portion of which were writers!) a detailed insight and Q&A into the support on offer.
You can see more here: http://www.ifeatures.co.uk
The deadline for the first submissions is 14th March.
Andrew Dixon gave an update on recent talks with the likes of the BBC, Channel 4 and other high profile companies and organisations interested in how Film creators can work with them in the run up to City of Culture 2017. Hope to hear more about that soon.
Following that the Gallery remained open for those present to have a drink and a chat, make new connections, pitch new projects, and hopefully build on their hopes and aspirations for the future.
Above: Christopher Granier-Deferre presenting the iFeatures programme to over 60 attendees.
Above: Lyne Taylor (writer), Simon Ainley (writer/actor), Paul Dennis (designer, producer), Russ Litten (author, screenwriter).
Above: Craig Briggs (director), Mike Robertson (director/videographer), Ian Burnett (producer), Arron Dennis (actor, director).
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HULL: CITY OF CINEMATIC CULTURE
Hull’s contribution to the British film industry has been immense and extraordinary. It is the birthplace of some of the most historically significant figures of the British cinema: for example, the impressario, J.Arthur Rank (arguably the most important British movie mogul of the first half of the last century), the directors Ralph and Gerald Thomas (makers of two of the most popular comedy series- respectively, the Doctor and Carry On films- ever made in the UK), and revered film actors such as Ian Carmichael and Tom Courtenay. More recent international film successes such as Brassed Off, The English Patient, and The Queen are also films with strong Hull connections.
In this lecture, Professor Sinyard will explore the breadth and depth of Hull’s exceptional cinematic heritage. He will also argue passionately that recognition and expansion of this heritage and these connections are vital to the development of Hull’s cultural identity.
Neil Sinyard is Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at Hull University. A native of Hull and a student and lecturer at his local University, he was Founder and first Head of the Department of Film Studies at Hull. He has published 25 books on the cinema and is co-editor of a long-running series of monographs on British Film Makers for Manchester University Press.
|Start:||March 6, 2014 – 6:00 pm|
|End:||March 6, 2014 – 8:00 pm|
|Venue:||Allam Lecture Theatre, Cottingham Road, University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom, HU6 7RX|
|Cost:||Free Admission – All Welcome!|