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Tim Brunsden

08 Apr


"This is Cinema! See you soon!"

April 8, 2010 | By |

The closing words of a screening seen by a tiny audience of 28 in a packed out shop-space turned movie house. Once again A Small Cinema took over my life recently, this time in Widnes. Not just my life I suppose but also the lives of a few others, namely volunteers Karl, Steve and Mena who took on the roles of cinema staff with gusto. They brought a great perosnal character that made this cinema event unique – Karl with his local connections and natural authority; Steve with his own history and experience in working in a Widnes cinema (the Empire), along with his wife Mena who, having met Steve whilst working as an usherette back in the day, brought a sense of style to the presentation. We put on 12 screenings over two days – quite a marathon.

It was a really great weekend and we showed a hell of a lot of short films to a lot of people, young and old, from Widnes. Working to find the shop-space and get in ready for the event was intense, but worth it. I felt quite sad to pack it all up afterwards. More pictures (there are some crackers) can be seen on the A Small Cinema blog, along with Tim Brunsden’s film of Steve and Mena which was made specially for the event, plus a video document of the day.

A Small Cinema in Widnes was another project developed by Re-Dock. Thanks to Halton Borough Council for its financial support.

14 Nov


A Pansy for Michael Causer

November 14, 2009 | By |

Earlier this year I did some filming for Homotopia (Liverpool’s queer culture festival) and Light Factory (Liverpool’s most prolific documentarians) of an event to mark the death of murdered teenager Michael Causer. Michael was severely beaten in a homophobic attack in August 2008 and died of his injuries eight days later.

This event commemorated the memory of Michael and was part of the Pansy Project, an artwork developed by artist Paul Harfleet. Taking part in the remembereance alongside Michael’s family were representatives from the local council, Homotopia, and the Sigma Team, a specialist division of Merseyside Police setup to deal with Hate Crime.

Michael’s murder was not reported in national press (deemed to be of only ‘regional interest’ by the BBC) until there was an outcry in the gay press. ‘The Invisible Death of Michael Causer’, speaks to leading gay rights activists and media commentators to question why this was the case. The film was shot and edited by Tim Brunsden for Homotopia. Both films were shown last night at the Unity Theatre as part of Homotopia Festival.

30 Sep


Document – A Small Cinema on Bold St

September 30, 2009 | By |

Liverpool’s most prolific documentarian Tim Brunsden, was in attendance, and as usual with camera in hand. This gives a really nice introduction to the Small Cinema experience. I heard Tim just got a new Sony Z5, so keep an eye out for his upcoming work!

Thanks you again to all those who created, collated, exhibited, contributed, supported and applauded the event. You can see some photos for the day on the A Small Cinema blog, and also the Re-Dock Flickr page.

A Small Cinema on Bold St is a Re-Dock project that took place as part of Abandon Normal Devices Festival and Bold St Festival. Thankyou to Liverpool City Council for its financial support.