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Growing up in the Blitz

In January 2024, we had the privilege of sitting down with Janet Barker in her childhood home, Beverley Road’s Station Inn.

Janet’s formative memories are of life in the pub in the 1930s. She recalled the joys of every day life growing up on Beverley Road in the years before the war. “It was regarded as one of the best roads because you had some fine buildings, the swimming baths, a log of nice big houses, Pearson Park, of course.”

But then in 1939, the advent of war changed everything.

This film made as part of our series with the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme tells the story of Janet’s experience as a child during the blitz on Beverley Road – a street that was marked as a key strategic target for German bombers.

Despite being so young at the time, Janet’s memories are remarkably vivid and it was a pleasure to spend a morning listening to her recollections of such a significant moment in history.

Read more about the series here

Amy’s Story

Voice of the city

Ever since Nova produced ‘This City Belongs To Everyone’ – the 2013 film that helped Hull to win the bid to become City of Culture – we’ve been pleased to be embedded in the cultural life of the city.

The recent Cultural Tides conference was one of the ways Hull City Council is engaging with local people to help shape the city’s cultural policies – and we were proud to be selected to produce a film to close the day’s events.

The brief was to ask a group of Hull people the apparently simple question “What does culture mean to you?”.

Apparently simple – but culture is a word that is interpreted in so many ways, as the film perfectly illustrates…

We love meeting and interviewing people. It’s a really satisfying part of our job to help people relax in front of the camera so they open-up and express their views.

It was fascinating to talk to people in their own homes and workplaces and hear how they feel about their own culture and communities.

A History of Culture and Entertainment on Beverley Road

Created as part of our series for the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme this film explores the incredible cultural history of Beverley Road over the last 100 years.

From Jazz legends and German bombs to Britpop and Grammy winners, it’s an animated journey through some of the street’s seminal events starting with the opening of the Wellington Rooms back in 1910.

We visit long forgotten venues and characters who have shaped the cultural fabric and Beverley Road, the city and beyond.

Click here to find out more about the series.

Beverley Road Communities

Since 2015 the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme, a heritage project funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has been working to protect, restore, and celebrate the heritage of this often-forgotten area.

As part of the Beverley Road Townscape Heritage Scheme, a heritage project funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Nova Studios has been commissioned to create a series of four short films telling the stories of the people, buildings and events that have shaped Beverley Road.

The first film in the series focuses on the communities that make up Beverley Road’s contemporary demography.

Through the eyes of our three interviewees, we’re presented with a window into everyday life on the road in 2023.

Zeki, a community leader at the Summit Education Society based at Stepney Station, sees Beverley Road with fresh eyes having come to the UK from his native Turkey. Poppy, a teacher at Pearson Primary School where pupils speak 37 different languages, is keen for her students to absorb the history which surrounds them every day. And, Esther, landlady at Station Inn pub, acknowledges the challenges the road has faced in recent years with Covid and economic downturn but is optimistic about its future.

Read more about the project here

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Over The Edge: The Paul Burwell Story

Our work on the life of the experimental composer Basil Kirchin was a great springboard into our next creative documentary feature which explores the life and work of the musician and artist Paul Burwell.

Paul shares certain parallels with Basil – he started out as drummer, moved deeply into the world of experimental music and sound art, and – like Basil – took his life off-the-beaten track creatively, spiritually and geographically by moving to Hull where he eventually settled in the old Kingston Rowing Club, next to the River Hull at the far end of Oak Road, sadly collapsing in 2007 and dying of hypothermia soon after.

If you don’t recognise Paul Burwell’s name and you’re not familiar with his work, that’s not entirely surprising… achieving fame was never his intention, but Burwell was part of creative movement that has had a wide and enduring influence on British art and music.

Our film, funded by the radical arts organisation Future’s Venture, features interviews with more than 30 of Burwell’s closest associates – many of them internationally acclaimed artists and musicians such as David Toop, Anne Bean, Richard Wilson, Evan Parker, Max Eastley, Steve Beresford, Steve Noble, Sylvia Hallett, Peter Cusack, Ansuman Biswas and many others, together with Paul’s sons Piers and Titus and their mum Sheila Cobbing, as well as a host of Hull-based artists including Brian Gilson, Glynis Neslen, Yol, Dave Ellis, Lee Merrel and Jez Riley-French.

Provisionally titled Over The Edge, we’re currently in the later stages of post-production – so watch out for a premiere in early 2024.

The above taster was produced to secure the funding from Future’s Venture for the production of the documentary.

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