In order to widen it’s previous Bristol based initiative Creative England’s iFeatures development programme team is coming to Hull on the 13th Feb.
iFeatures is Creative England’s low budget filmmaking initiative supported by the BBC, the BFI and Creative Skillset. Now in its third iteration, the new round launched on the 27 of January 2014 and applications close on Friday 14 March 2014 at 6PM.
There will be two consecutive development programmes, first in summer 2014 for 16 projects, then in the autumn for eight projects, before the three low budget films are green lit in early 2015. It certainly represents a great opportunity for Film Makers in the area.
The iFeatures team will be available from 4.30pm untill 6.30pm (registration at 4.00/4.15 pm) at The 1 Gallery (Hull Independent Producers offices) on Hull’s Marina and the meeting will continue with those present until 8.30pm for general networking.
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from the New Writing North website:
New Writing North, the writing development agency for the north of England, is calling for submissions for its 2014 Northern Writers Awards.
“To an emerging writer, an award of this kind can often be the difference between carrying on and giving up, and can be a huge boost to confidence as well as providing financial backing. Many writers, like myself, can look back to an award or bursary at an early stage in their career as being the pivotal moment, one that gave them the courage and means to continue.”
Northern Writers’ Awards Ambassador, Simon Armitage
New Writing North, the writing development agency for the north of England established the pioneering Northern Writers’ Awards in 2000 as a programme that aimed to support both new and established writers to pursue their creative ambitions. Since then the awards have supported over 150 writers, many of whom have gone on to achieve publication of their work in the UK and internationally. The awards are supported by Northumbria University, Arts Council England, Potts Print, TLC and Arvon as well as by many individual writers and donors.
The awards are open to writers who live and work in the north of England. They support writers of prose, poetry, creative non-fiction, and children’s fiction. This year we are also launching two new awards to support young writers. The awards are an umbrella scheme that encompasses cash awards alongside a residency award and manuscript appraisal support. You can browse the different awards here and read our eligibility information and conditions of entry here.
For new writers, winning a Northern Writers’ Award helps to get them noticed by agents and publishers and lifts them onto the first rung of the ladder towards publication. For more established writers, awards can buy precious time to undertake a new project or to support work in progress that has not yet been commissioned. The support that winning writers receive includes cash awards alongside professional development support.
The Northern Writers’ Awards are unique as they support new work in progress rather than rewarding a published work, making them both more risky and more exciting than many existing awards and prizes. The developmental focus of the awards mean that for writers, winning an award is often just the start of the supportive relationship that they will go on to have with New Writing North.
You can browse our previous winners here and explore how their awards have supported them to publish new work and achieve their creative goals.
Please note that from 2014, writers may only enter for one award each year. Please browse the criteria for each of the awards before choosing the one that is the best fit for your needs, age, gender and aspirations.
For more information about the criteria for entry and on how to apply check out their website.
As part of a new promotional campaign to introduce more people to the Experience of high end Audio, TV and Cinema Systems. We produced this brief introduction for the audio room… with some of the people who have already had the pleasure.
One of my all time favourite British gangster movies Get Carter starring Michael Caine is being screened at the Hull Independent Producers offices (the 1 gallery) on Wednesday 13th November.
As part of the Humber Mouth Literature Festival there will a full screening followed by an interview and Q&A of the Director Mike Hodges by Crime writer Nick Triplow. Nick is also writing the official biography of Ted Lewis, the book’s author (originally titled Jack’s Return Home).
If you’re a Film Fan or a maker don’t miss this chance to be around one of our greatest Directors.
Tickets are £7.00 (concession £5.00) available online HERE.
Or can be bought beforehand at our offices at 2 Humber Quays, Wellington Street West, Hull HU1 2BN or reserved by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the highlights for me at the 2013 Freedom Festival was the chance to hear York based Film Director Mark Herman. He of Brassed Off, Little Voice, and his last film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, (which has grossed worldwide over $40,500,000 at the box office) talking about his Films and career.
The venue was quirky. The ground floor of an Arts and Antiques premises owned by Mark’s relative. Fully decked out in seventies paraphernalia, a table full of audience headphones and a film projector screen looping clips of Brassed Off (1996) and See You at Wembley, Frankie Walsh (1987) in silent mode (hence the headphones). The room’s open entrance covered with only a pair of curtains to muffle the hustle and bustle of Freedom Festival’s main strip, Humber Street. It felt like one of those early cinema shows at the “Carni” you see in American films.
I had not seen any of the publicity and only heard about this Sunday afternoon talk at the last minute. Courtesy of Lynn Hubbard, of Thieving Harries Cafe fame and kind provider of an art space for Ade Bare. Ade is one of The 1 Galleries featured Artists, who’s paintings we carried that morning, in three trips, across the Hull Marina lock-gates 150 yards from the Gallery, to exhibit in an empty shell of a part derelict building for the day. Where Ade spent the day drawing and sharing his approach with children from 4-9 years old and their parents.
Having lived in York for over twenty five years, I had of course heard of it’s most famous Cinema Industry resident, but had never seen or heard him speak. So the chance to get a little insight into his world was too good to miss.
Mark was interviewed the previous night and this Sunday by Rob Bell. Poet, World Leading Logistics Expert, Song Writer, World traveller and Heritage/Cultural project ideas dynamo, whom I have come to know and greatly appreciate for his enthusiasm over the past year or so.
With his usual confident, easy manner Rob expertly conducted the interview with the manner of an old friend. Which knowing Rob’s massively wide circle, I thought he was. (He told me later he had met Mark just once in the 90’s at a friends London flat and had been asked at the last minute to do the interviews – what a pro!). He asked some interesting and searching questions about the Directors approach, experiences and views.
Which Mark answered and added to with an open desire to share what he knew. Recalling anecdotes, offering advice and not disappointing the assembled audience one bit.
The only unfortunate thing being..
It was a bit like eavesdropping on a private conversation. No personal mics or speakers were provided. Mark has a naturally quiet voice. The hustle and bustle of Humber street took its toll. And three quarters in, Fruit Trade Music recording studios next door burst its noise abatement banks with a live band putting an end to any talking, even amongst the audience.
So although the content was great, the opportunity of having such a distinguished and experienced film guest was a little lost.
Which is why when the opportunity for a quick drink with Rob and Mark came up afterwards, I was pleased to chat a while. Where I learnt he was born in Bridlington, we chatted about Hull born, Turner Prize winning Artist Walter Goodin R.A. who is featured on the 1 Gallery website, who also lived and worked there, pre David Hockney residency. I also mentioned the Hull Independent Producers and support for Film Production and creativity in the area.
It will be quieter, wired for sound and probably filmed for good measure.
But thank goodness it happened. Enabling me to have a great time and make such an interesting connection. That’s Hull for you. That’s the Freedom Festival! with it’s quirky ways. Anything can and does happen.
N.B. A screening of “GET CARTER” along with its Director Mike Hodges, in conversation with Nick Triplow, will be held at The 1 Gallery on 13th November, 6.30pm. Part of the Humber Mouth Literature festival. Follow @humbermouth!
..to help fight its corner.
Saving Anlaby Park Library was not the only reason Maureen Lipman came home to Hull last week. After making her yearly visit to her parents graves, she’d kindly offered a photo opportunity to support the small library that’s transitioning into being one run by unpaid volunteers.
The simple photo ‘opp’ turned into a BBC Look North TV Interview with presenter Peter Levy and she was thrown into commenting on the whys and wherefores of Council cuts and the future of Libraries. Ever the consummate professional she gave a succinct and passionate plea for the Hull City Council to commit the necessary money, to help the volunteers keep the lights on, of this little library in a West Hull suburb. A commitment without which, it would be hard for the volunteers to take on Charitable status.
It was the place she used to visit three times a week as a child. One could imagine her eagerly grabbing the books off the shelves a lifetime ago. Wandering home through the leafy library grounds. Back to her semi-detached, Anlaby home, to feed her fertile and inquisitive mind. Her imagination being directed off into a world where anything seems possible, even a life surrounded by creativity and artistic expression.
She acknowledges that in the age of the Kindle and the Internet, children and adults have more choices. But equally stressed that libraries are still a place where people can meet, learn and engage with the power of reading. The library could also be used for so much more. For events and activities that the Council’s own library staff were never employed or incentivised to manage.
Supporting the volunteer’s own views, she said “This place is going to evolve into something very special!”
Who knows what she might have become had she not fed those early love of words and could “pop down the road” to the library. She may not have found her role in life as a respected actor, writer, and wife of Jack Rosenthal, one of our greatest playwrights.
Or even as one of Hull’s most popular and vocal supporters.
Above Picture: Paul Dennis, (Anlaby Park Library sponsor / brand & marketing advisor) Maureen Lipman and John Palmer (Friends of Anlaby Park Library, Steering Committee Member).
Pictures: Copyright Neil Holmes Photography. www.nh97.com
The new play by Tom Wells, Cosmic opened the first night of one of Hull’s latest performance venues for Drama and the Arts.
The Other Space at 94 Alfred Gelder St. is run by E52 (ensemble 52) which composes of Dave Windass, Andy Pearson and Richard Vergette.
Cosmic is this year’s recipient of the Larkin25 Arts Award, following E52’s production of Euphoria in 2012.
E52’s Dave Windass said: “We’re delighted to continue the company’s link with Larkin25 and to be able to get life at The Other Space underway with Tom’s play.
“We’ve got big plans for The Other Space. This will be a different kind of venue. We aim to make it the kind of place where people are never quite certain what they are going to experience. It’s a blank canvas in which all manner of performances can take place and we’ll be able to find new ways of providing audiences with entertainment.
“This is a very exciting time for the company and for Hull, which is a hotbed of cultural activity right now. We really want to play our part in making sure that Hull is a genuine city of culture. Some of the different things that we have planned for The Other Space will do that.”
Cosmic, by Tom Wells, is directed by Jane Fallowfield, designed by Natalie Young and performed by Jessica Morley, Ged McKenna and Jamie Samuel. The production tours the region from May 25.
Follow Dave Windass on Twitter here @DaveW