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:
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Today, as we made final preparations for “A Small Cinema in Kirkby”, we had an impromptu visit from Paul Crone and the Granada Reports team. Sam spoke to them about the programme of films we’re going to be showing Saturday and Sunday including matinee screenings of classic cartoons for children (at 11, 12 and 1pm) followed by rarely seen archive footage of Kirkby (on loan from the North West Film Archive) and a brand new independent short film commission “Fighting Chance” (on both afternoons at 2pm and 3.30).
It was down to John then to describe the background to the project – transforming an empty shop space into a cinema, the power of cinema in people’s memories, the discussions we’ve been having with local traders, and the role of Knowsley Arts and Heritage in making all it possible.
They filmed the inside our beautiful cinema and we gave them a special advance preview of “Fighting Chance” – a brand new independent short film by Tim Brunsden, specially commissioned for “A Small Cinema in Kirkby.” The film, which has it’s premiere tomorrow at 2pm, tells the story of local dancer-turned-boxer Kayleigh Hayes whose progress in the sport of Women’s Amateur Boxing during the past two years has been meteoric. It was a great experience for Kayleigh today – to have a taste of the media spotlight!
It’s a knock-out! – boxer Kayleigh Hayes and Paul Crone from Granada reports after their interview.
The reporters also spoke with Billy and Cliff from Pingwood Art Group whose exhibition “Memories of Cinema” opens tomorrow at “A Small Cinema in Kirkby” too.
We’re very excited now – the report goes out this evening at 6pm on Granada News but don’t believe the hype – come down tomorrow and Sunday and experience it for yourself!
***Update: click to watch the Granada Reports broadcast***
“A Small Cinema in Kirkby” – Old Maze Shop, Unit 24 St. Chad’s Parade, Kirkby Shopping Centre.
Video document of the event in Widnes. Filmed and edited by Tim Brunsden.
Steve Aldred worked as a projectionist in the empire Cinema, Widnes until it closed in 1983. He met his wife Mena at the Empire – she worked as an usherette. Steve hadn’t been to a cinema since the empire, but we were lucky enough to have him involved in creating the A Small Cinema in Widnes. Local film-maker Tim Brunsdsen made this film about Steve and Mena in which he talks about his work and goes on his first cinema visit in 28 years to the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo. This film was made specially for A Small Cinema in Widnes.
Steve Aldred and his wife Mena worked at the last cinema in Widnes – the Empire till it closed Wdnesday 4th April 1983. Steve, who said the last film e showed was ‘The Boys in Blue’, hasn’t been in a cinema since. Film-maker Tim Brunsden will tell his fantastic story for the widnes event. Were trying to persuade Steve and Mena to resurrect their roles as projectionist and usherette for the Small Cinema in Widnes!
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 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.