Internationally renowned beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh arrives at The Floating Cinema in Hull Marina for a FREE ticketed outdoor performance of his beautifully atmospheric live vocal score to John Grierson’s groundbreaking 1929 silent herring fishing film DRIFTERS as part of a major UK tour to fishing ports on the UK’s East coast.
In addition to Jason Singh’s DRIFTERS, Yorkshire artist Harry Meadley will present live narration for a selection of local filmmaker John Turner’s HULL STREET SCENES films from the 1950s. This event is presented as part of Harry Meadley’s On the Bench film series and waterways tour commissioned by UP Projects as part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations.
A free ticketed event, join us on the quayside and let the live cinematic experience wash over you. Bring a picnic or buy food and drinks on site. Seats will be provided and blankets available to hire or bring your own.
This performance of Following the Fleet: DRIFTERS is part of The Floating Cinema’s film programme ‘In Dialogue’ which been curated in response to UP Projects’ major new artistic commission On the Bench by Harry Meadley. This new artwork will be unveiled in eight stages during The Floating Cinema’s eight-part tour across the waterways in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (1 July – 13 August 2017). On the Bench features themes of perseverance, determination and dedication and the corresponding film programme highlights these themes through stories covering a range of topics such as sport, music, art and dance. Encompassing more than 15 films, ‘In Dialogue’ features films from nine countries worldwide, including Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Niger, Iran, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Germany, the UK and the USA. From award-winning, ground-breaking feature films, to celebrated documentaries and biopics,
‘In Dialogue’ echoes the themes of Meadley’s new work, presenting a number of avenues through which audiences can engage with the entire programme. The films featured within ‘In Dialogue’ are united through fascinating stories of inspiring individuals finding their way against the backdrop of their own cultural traditions, society and personal circumstances. True accounts of individuals who rose to stardom; singer Darlene Love and internationally recognised dance choreographer Pina Bausch, are contrasted against lesser known stories of others’ struggle to achieve success. The programme looks at the determination of individuals who pursue an activity, be it art, dance or music and how tradition and cultural barriers can be challenged through such mediums.
UP Projects curates and commissions contemporary art for public places; engaging citizens of London, the UK and across the globe. UP Projects supports artists to make new work that has social relevance, encourages learning and enriches the public sphere. Up Projects’ approach is artist-led, community centred and involves collaboration with multiple partners.
The BFI is funding ‘Transformative Film Culture For Hull’, as part of its National Lottery-funded BFI Film Audience Network and led by its lead partner BFI Film Hub North. Delivered through Hull 2017 and by Hull Independent Cinema and a unique partnership of film festival, educational and archive partners from across the north, the film programme will bring a packed programme of more than 400 screenings, one-off events and film festivals throughout the year to Hull and the region. The programme reflects the BFI’s activities across the UK to bring film to audiences where there is less opportunity for them to experience and engage in film, and to support local film networks and audience initiatives. There will be much to explore, celebrate and enjoy.