24 Feb 2017

A Place They Called Forgotten Town: Free film screenings

All invited to Hull 2017 reworking of 1980s pop classic by The Christians.

Humber Film is previewing its Hull music video A Place They Called Forgotten Town on Tuesday 28 February evening, ahead of its online release.

Featuring community groups from around Hull, the film has been produced for Not Forgotten Town, one of 60 projects funded through Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme, delivered in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund.

The free screenings – which take place at St Hilda’s Church, Freedom Centre, Spring Bank Community Centre and Kardomah94 – coincide with Hull 2017’s launch of seasons two and three.

Recorded and shot in the city for Hull 2017, the song is a musical and lyrical reworking by Hull-born Henry Priestman of his late 1980s chart hit Forgotten Town by his band, The Christians.

Inspired by a song that will resonate for many people from Hull, this film is a celebration, made by and starring the people of the city. It is also a brilliant way to showcase local film and design talent.
– Martin Green, Hull 2017

Originally written about the state of the country at the time (the North especially), which particularly affected Henry Priestman’s home city of Hull, A Place They Called Forgotten Town can be viewed early at free, pre-launch screenings on Tuesday February 28, at St Hilda’s Church, Freedom Centre, Spring Bank Community Centre and Kardomah94, before it is launched online.

One of Humber Film’s creative leads, Paul Leeson-Taylor of Mindmap Productions, is also encouraging members of the public to make their own versions, including with the karaoke version which this hub of filmmakers and media businesses is making available. He said: “Hull is such a great musical city and we’d love to hear people’s own versions, whether that’s sent in here to us at Humber Film by email or just posted online.”

Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, added: “Inspired by a song that will resonate for many people from Hull, this film is a celebration, made by and starring the people of the city. It is also a brilliant way to showcase local film and design talent.”

Produced by Hull-based Humber Film (www.humberfilm.com), the music video features Hull community groups with lead vocals by local singer/songwriters Martin Clappison and Emma Fee in conjunction with another local arts and culture business Culture:Music (www.culturemusichull.co.uk).

The free screenings are at the following venues:

St Hilda’s Church, Annandale Road, Greatfield, Hull, HU9 4JY
Child Dynamix Nursery, Freedom Centre, Preston Road, Hull, HU9 3QB
Igbo Community, Spring Bank Community Centre, West Parade, Spring Bank, Hull HU3 1BX

These three venues will be open from 6.30pm on Tuesday 28 February, with the first screenings at 7.30pm and then at 15-minute intervals until the last 8.45pm. These three venues will be open access to the public – no ticket or pre-booking required.

Kardomah94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN

The video (with sound) will be shown on the outside of the building from 7.30pm, and then in the cinema room inside Kardomah94 from 8.30pm. This venue is open access to the public – no tickets or pre-booking required.

The song and music video will be formally released online and social media on Wednesday 1 March at 7.45am for free viewing. The song will also be available for purchase via download for £0.99p and there will also be a limited-edition DVD for sale through selected retail outlets in the city.

Community groups to feature in the video include: Danny’s Dream (disabled respite); HANA (All Nations), including Amazing Grace (Church), Care Commission Group (CCG), Igbo Community (Nigerian Community) and the Kamlesh Indian Community; Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group; Greatfield Big Local (community group); Child Dynamix (Childrens’ nursery); Hull CVS (supporting 16-18 year old carers); Unity in Community (55+ year olds at Endyke Community Centre).

Other creative leads at Humber Film include Peter Hadfield of Land of Mindmap Productions, Phil Codd of Mollusc Films and Alex Twiston-Davies of ATD Animations.

Comprising more than 50 filmmaker members from the region, Humber Film (www.humberfilm.com) is a not-for-profit organisation situated on the third floor above Kardomah94 in Hull city centre.




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