Professor Shane Blackman (Canterbury Christ Church University), Dr Asya Draganova, (Birmingham City University) and Dr Alan Payne (University of Kent) are coorganising a whole day of events celebrating the Canterbury Sound.
You still have time to catch Bryan Hawkins, Eddie McMillan and Pete Wallace’s installation in Canterbury Cathedral.
City of the Imagination
Venue: Cathedral Chapter House, Cathedral Precincts, Canterbury
Opening Times: 10am–5pm (15th-22nd October 2016, closed Sunday 16 October)
William Blake declared “every age is a Canterbury Pilgrimage”.
City of the Imagination links ancient forms of light and sound to 21st century technology within the magnificent architecture of the Chapter House and celebrates Canterbury Cathedral as at the heart of an ‘imagined’, spiritual, artistic and inspirational city. The installation will reflect the contemplative power and grandeur of the Chapter House alongside Canterbury’s imaginal, traditional and contemporary stories.
Curated and created by Bryan Hawkins, Eddie McMillan and Pete Wallace, School of Media Art and Design at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Tim Jones will be presenting the world premiere of his documentary about Peter Watkins, director of The War Game and Punishment Park.
Tim Jones, Senior Lecturer in Film, has won a Hollywood International independent Documentary Award for his documentary short, Seeking Sydney.
The documentary explores the life and work of Sydney Bligh, who made newsreels of Canterbury. His films include footage of the multimillionaire Count Zborowski whose racing cars were the inspiration for Ian Flemings’ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Zborowski built his own private mile-long 15” gauge railway around his estate and Bligh’s film is the only surviving visual record of it. Bligh also filmed T.S. Eliot at the first performances of Murder in the Cathedral and Dorothy L Sayers with her first performances of The Zeal of Thy House and The Devil To Pay.
Seeking Sydney provides an insight into the scope, ambition and technical level of an early amateur filmmaker. Tim says “This is the first award that I’ve won abroad and so it was particularly exciting that this should be in Hollywood.” It will receive a festival screening at the Award Ceremony at The Raleigh Studios Hollywood on 10 September 2016.
An excerpt can be seen at https://vimeo.com/172122338