Well, the bow-ties are off and the posters are taken down and now we are asking the question: What makes “A Successful Small Cinema”?
We held an evaluation meeting for “A Small Cinema in Kirkby” in our studio over in Liverpool and discussed the many the many different aspects out of which the most recent project – “A Small Cinema in Kirkby” – has been shaped. Behind the many bespoke details there are some key components which go into making this kind of “A Small Cinema” project successful and we boiled these down to five essential elements:
- transformation of a space (eg empty shop) into a bespoke cinema (this includes details like a cinema screen, tickets, promotional posters, seats, curtains etc.)
- the commissioning of at least one new, locally or thematically relevant, short film
- screening of archival film footage and material sourced directly from filmmakers
- conducting research into peoples memories of cinema and creatively manifesting these memories within the overall event (e.g. as posters, within brochure, photographs etc.)
- staging of cinema screening event (requires promotion, volunteer ushers, popcorn, tickets, trailers etc.)
Ten film screenings took place over two days at the end of January 2011. Two hundred and twenty-two members of the public attended these screenings as audience members consuming a total of four kilograms of popcorn. Tickets cost twenty-five pence each (or an empty jam-jar) and six empty jam-jars were received in lieu of payment.
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!)
This short video was produced by Re-Dock as part of “A Small Cinema in Kirkby.” The idea was to speak with stall-holders and get a sense of the heritage of the market, the characters and the range of produce available in their own words.
Newspaper images kindly supplied by Knowsley Archive. (Rob & Lin)
Thanks to Mark & Adele and all the stall holders on Kirkby Market.
Music used under Creative Commons licence: Flutterspot “Take Care etc.” (Archive.org)
We’re incredibly excited to have premiered “Fighting Chance” at “A Small Cinema in Kirkby.” This, specially commissioned, brand new short film by Tim Brunsden, brought a local story of Olympic proportions to our small-big-screen.
In a remarkable year-and-a-half, Kirkby local Kayleigh Hayes, formerly a dancer, has progressed from never having laced up a pair of gloves to winning the 2010 Womens Amateur Boxing (ABAE) National Senior Title. We catch up with Kayleigh in her preparations for an important International bout in Sweden and competition at international level has never been more intense: Womens Amateur Boxing is set to feature in the Olympic Games for the first time ever at London 2012 and there are still places on the GB team up for grabs! Continue reading
Documentary filmmaker Tim Brunsden produced this short piece which gives an insight into how “A Small Cinema in Kirkby” was able to happen:
Posted in Films, Small Cinema Events
Tagged A Small Cinema, Claire White, event, Hannah Pierce, John O'Shea, kirkby, Knowsley, Laura Pullig, Liverpool, Sam Meech, Tim Brunsden
This is a simple message to say thankyou to everybody who worked to make this project such a resounding success… and there certainly were a lot of people involved: audiences, visitors, filmmakers, artists, archivists, technicians, volunteers, project team, commissioners – we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!
“A Small Cinema in Kirkby” took place over the last weekend of January and if you had a chance to pop along you’ll have experienced two jam-packed days of short film screenings happening inside a disused shop in Kirkby Town Centre. Our magical cinema has since disappeared from view but while it was there, and in the build up to the event, it generated a great deal of interest amongst shoppers, traders and passers-by – it even popped up on the news!
An extra special thank you must go to our team of volunteer ushers for the weekend who worked tirelessly taking tickets, serving popcorn and making sure that no-one bunked in!
Jo Dry, Alison Riley, Dave Wycherly, Rob Jones and all the team at Knowsley Arts and Heritage Service
Kayleigh Hayes and everyone at 1st Class ABC
Steve Myers – Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Pingwood Arts Group (Ebony Way)
Mark Bingley, Adele Nesbitt and the stall holders at Kirkby Market
North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
Claire & Sarah White and Emily Peters
Mike Wintle and Tesco Kirkby
Rob O’Brien & Lin Rice at Knowsley Archive, Kirkby Library
Space to Create
Arts Council England