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Huddersfield Connection

November 23, 2008 | By | No Comments

huddersfield Irish Centre - Hall

Tommy Walsh - guest speaker

Last week, myself and John O’Shea returned to our hometown of Huddersfield to present John’s documentary, ‘Connemara Connection‘ to an audience of over 300 hundred people from both the Huddersfield and Connemara communities, as well as our friends and relatives. It felt to me a very important and powerful experience, and in someways, a modern day approach to the traditional role of storytelling within a community. It was privilege to have been involved in caretaking the memories and histories of these communities and presenting it back to them in a way that celebrated the bonds between the two towns. It also felt like we had done something important in outlining the journey that the towns had made – adding our piece to the puzzle as it were.The pictures above show the hall of the Huddersfield Irish Centre as people were coming in, and also speaker Tommy Walsh, who said that Connemara Connection was “an important social and historical document”.

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Connemara Connection

November 7, 2008 | By | No Comments

Connemara Connection poster

On Friday 14th November I’ll be heading to my hometown of Huddersfield to watch a short film about the links between Huddersfield Irish community and the town of Connemara on Ireland’s west coast. The film has been made by my very good friend John O’Shea, who was born in Huddersfield but of Irish descent. John plays Gaelic football for the Brother Pearse club and is a strong believer in the importance of a game built around community rather than money. Last September he asked me to travel with him to Connemara and help document the community there, many of whom have family in Huddersfield.

We focused on a Gaelic football exchange trip between the Leiter Moir club and Brothers Pearse – an exchange that has been running for many years, and  one that helps to strengthen bonds betweenthe two  communities. John’s own father travelled with the club when he was a player. We interviewed the players, coaches, the club officials, and the local communities on both sides to get a understanding of the historical and cultural ties. Connemara is part of the Gaeltacht region, where Irish is the first language. As such, many of the interviews were conducted in Gaelic and then later translated by the Irish Studies department at Liverpool University.

It was strange to experience such a beautiful yet harsh landscape, a completely different language, and still meet person after person, each of whom had a personal knowledge and connection with the town where I am from. The people we met were extremely warm, friendly, generous, hospitable and of course with a great sense of humour. I felt both at home and away.

The film will be screened at The Huddersfield Irish Centre on the 14th November.

www.blog.29sunbeam.co.uk/connemara

21 Oct

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The Model of Clayton Square

October 21, 2008 | By | No Comments

The Model of Clayton Square 
The Model of Clayton Square is the last remaining architectural model of Clayton Square Shopping Centre. One of three models built in the early 1980’s, this model was salvaged from a skip by Bren O’Callaghan when the manager of the centre let builders lash them while he had his office refurbished. I rebuilt the model from the leftover parts, including some of the lead figures from the other two models, and filmed it as part of making ‘The Model City’. Once finished, the model became home to a large female house spider for a number of months before she died.

 The Model of Clayton Square (front elevation)

The Model of Clayton Square is on show at the View Two Gallery, Liverpool from Thursday 23rd October to 1st November as part of the ‘Local Heroes’ exhibition, curated by Samuel Skinner.The film of ‘The Model City’ will be shown along with 10 other short films by local artists at A Small Cinema, an intimate temporary cinema installation taking place in View Two Gallery, 7pm, Friday 24th October.   

20 Oct

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A Small Cinema presents "Local Heroes"

October 20, 2008 | By | No Comments

A Small Cinema -  

Sam Meech / Luden AudioVisual presents:

A Small Cinema

*One Night Only*

Friday 24th October

at the View Two Gallery, Matthew Street

 

 “Local Heroes”

 

Box Office opens at 7pm / Screening starts at 7:30pm / Admission 25p

popcorn and refreshments available. There will be an interval with ice-cream.

www.asmallcinema.co.uk 

 

 

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Horse At Midnight

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A video made as a backdrop for poet Ross Sutherland as part of the Wave If You’re Really there events.

13 Jun

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The Model City

June 13, 2008 | By | No Comments

Trailer for my film exploring architectural models of Liverpool City Centre. The film was originally commissioned by BBC Big Screen for the Clayton Square screen.
The Model City website

19 Mar

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Drawing Music – Document

March 19, 2008 | By | No Comments

Video document by Tim Brunsden of the Drawing Music performance at the Bluecoat with Hannah Peel and Sketchybeast.
Sketchybeast websiteHannah Peel website Liverpool Stories

17 Mar

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Nathan Jones and Wave Machines – 'The Barman'

March 17, 2008 | By | No Comments

Video document from my one-shot video project, ‘The Shoot Out Project’, as performed by Mercy poet Nathan Jones and Liverpool band Wave Machines at the Bluecoat opening weekend. The single-shot aproach is something I’ve been working with for a while now, but is perhaps best shown in the work of Vincent Moon and the Take Away Shows.

01 Mar

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Revenge Tragedies – 'Charm'

March 1, 2008 | By | No Comments

Shoot Out Project one-take video of a live performance by Liverpool band Revenge Tragedies.