Making films with arts organisations is, and has always been, a big part of what we do at Nova.
In October 2013 (six years ago, how flime ties) we made This City Belongs To Everyone, the four minute film which helped Hull win in its bid to become City of Culture; ever since then we’ve been producing work for prestigious arts and cultural organisations across the North of England including the British Council, Opera North, Bradford Literature Festival, Freedom, Hull 2017, Back to Ours, Absolutely Cultured as well as arts-related content for many other educational and cultural organisations.
We believe art really does change the world and for us, helping to document and promote the arts through beautifully produced (we would say that, wouldn’t we?) short online content is a great way to get to see and participate in some fantastic events . We might be working but a lot of the time we’re there in the audience or talking to the artists and we love it too.
Summer kicked off with Bradford Literature Festival – the second year we’ve been the official film crew. It’s a great event – a truly multicultural city and a ten day exciting international programme that takes on the challenge of talking about cultural identity. Bradford’s a friendly place with a great heritage, the architecture’s great, the countryside nearby is stunning and they’re bidding for UK City of Culture 2025.
Check out our Bradford Literature Film.
We also worked with First Story who worked on a creative writing programme for young people. The project took the Imperial Typewriters demonstrations in Hull in 1974 as a starting point, and then Hull-based writers including Russ Litten, Vicky Foster, Joe Hakim explored ideas around protest with the young participants, which culminated in a day of writing and protest around the city centre – and we made a short film documenting what happened:
Hull Pride is another of the great events we always love to work on. Hard to believe that in 2019 there are still people who can’t see past sexual or gender identity and embrace the idea that self-determination, love and kindness are all that matter – not what you look like or who you choose to snog.
Enjoy the colour and togetherness of Pride:
We’ve also been working very closely with Back To Ours, the Hull-based arts organisation who are dedicated to giving neighbourhoods and communities in Hull a voice in arts programming and events. In August we travelled to Edinburgh Fringe with members of the Back to Ours team and a group of local people (many of whom had never visited the Fringe – and neither had we) who were looking at some amazing shows with a view to bringing some of what they saw to Hull. Brilliant to spend time with a lovely bunch of people, go to see great performances and soak up the atmosphere.
The only drawback was that we had to get the gear out and film it. No such thing as a free ride… That film’s not out yet so we can’t show it to you…
And the arts work continues into Autumn… Final touches are being made to this year’s Freedom film, we’ve got two new commissions from Opera North and Absolutely Cultured, we’re making plans with Hull’s Maritime City team and we’re looking forward to documenting Back To Ours’ exciting ‘Back To Bransholme’ performance later this month.
If we can help capture the story behind your events and activities please give us a shout.