Last Thursday Re-Dock went to the Pagoda Centre to have an informal chat about our forthcoming A Small Cinema Chinatown. A group of dancers and young musicians took time out from practising and listened to our quick presentation about ASCC.
Aided by Ming Wang our translator for the afternoon, we asked the children and adults about their memories of cinema and what films they would like to appear beneath the Chinese arch. To our surprise some of the children had never been to the cinema before, whilst others had some fascinating stories to tell. Everybody at the meeting was given a memory slip and we had some great replies including ‘I remember when I went to watch Kung Fu Panda for my birthday. We had a popcorn fight all the way through. By the end of the film I didn’t even know what the film was about!’.
When we initiated the project we were concerned that choosing a Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee film may have been too obvious a choice, however after discussing the project with many different people the likes of ‘Police Story’ and ‘Drunken Master’ are repeatedly put forward. As for more contemporary cinema, Stephen Chows films ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ and ‘Shaolin Soccer’ have also been well regarded.
All of the research obtained on the day was extremely valuable and we felt really welcome at the Pagoda centre. The children from the youth orchestra had great enthusiasm for the project and although most of which may be a little young to watch the films on the night, we are looking at alternative ways of including them elsewhere. More on that to follow.
The details of which film we have selected will be announced in the next few days, so keep checking the blog for more information. We hope you are as excited about the project as we are.
Silkscreen printed posters produced by Pingwood Art Group who are based at the Towerhill Community Centre, Ebony Way, Kirkby are viewable below (or over on flickr here!)
Today we finally got to spend some time transforming memories of cinema into silkscreen printed posters with the Pingwood Art Group who are based at the Towerhill Community Centre, Ebony Way, Kirkby – here are just a few of the memories we collected:
“Getting into the Scala Cinema for a chicken in 1960” – Billy
“I made my husband queue outside the cinema to watch ELVIS on his 18th birthday” – Marie
“Flash Gordon was my favourite – I used to pretend to be Ming the Merciless with my mother’s fur collar coat” – Tess
“Around 1952 we saw The Crimson Pirate” with Burt Lancaster, in Technicolor, in a marquee in Speke.” – Fred
“We were thrown out of 2001 a Space Odyssey” – Maureen
“I saw Enter the Dragon at the ABC Picturehouse in Liverpool. When we came out people were practicing Kung-Fu in the middle of the road.” – Colin
“We went to see Calamity Jane in Liverpool and me Nana accidently left me behind. I was 5.” – Jimmy
“I went to see Sound of Music 12 times! I used to drag my friend Joan along.” – Bridie
Today myself (Sam), John and Hannah had a crack at screenprinting some of the cinema memories that John had collected in the past week. We did this both to prepare for the upcoming screenprint workshop with Ebony Arts group on Thursday, but also so we could give some of the contributors so far their memories back as posters.
It’s tricky getting the hang of it, and takes a while to prepare your screen, but once you start, screenprinting is good fun and very satisfying. We cheated a little bit by using a robocutter and vinyl to make our stencils, but it simply means we can get straight onto the fun bit – the printing!
The memories we printed today concerned 3D cinema (“its boss!”), The Exorcist (“people were blessing themselves”) and a strange usher (“with a Wolf Glove!”)
Coming up on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th of December we will be running some Cinema Memory Printing Workshops in Kirkby town centre at the former Maze shop space (between Charlotte’s Choice Florist and Home Bargains).
The sessions will run 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday and people will be able to make their own unique silkscreen cinema-style posters. A selection of the posters will be exhibited in Kirkby Town Centre over the Christmas and New Year period.
If you think you would like to get involved in this please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or add a comment below (or just pop along on one of the days!)
Pictures of families taking part in the first Small Cinema Memory Poster Workshop at Screen Deva 2010. We took people through the processes of discussion, layout, vinyl cutting, weeding, making the screen and finally printing the posters.
A series of screen-printed posters created with families at Screen Deva 2010 in Chester. People gave a memory of going to the cinema which was then laid out in Illustrator, cut out in vinyl using a robocutter, and screen-printed onto an old-style poster template. Check out the full set here.