Black Female Cop – A powerful and thought provoking documentary short by New Religion Film


‘Black Female Cop’ is a short documentary film by New Religion Film, which tells the story of Pamela Clayton, a young black women who joined the West Midlands police in the 80s.

Set against a backdrop of social unrest, ‘Black Female Cop’ explores the challenges Pamela faced as an ethnic minority within the police force, and also looks at the hostility she faced from the West Indian community she was trying to serve.

Featuring archive footage provide by MACE, alongside an in depth and personal interview with Pamela, as she revisits the neighbourhood she policed during the tumultuous 1980s. This thought provoking documentary is a fitting tribute to the policemen and women who faced adversity both on the beat, and within the walls of the police station themselves.

You can watch more content produced by New Religion Films by visiting their Vimeo page here, https://vimeo.com/newreligionfilm

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A New Way of Seeing – Time Limited Online Screenings Streamed on MACE’s Blog – Screening 3: The Sporting Midlands


A new concept for the Media Archive for Central England (MACE)…

…Time limited online screenings streamed at www.macearchive.wordpress.com

 

In the coming months MACE will ‘screen’ a series of ten themed compilation films here on our blog. Each themed compilation will stream online for 4 weeks.

 

A New Way of Seeing Screening 3:

‘Venue’: www.macearchive.wordpress.com

Commenced: Wednesday 22nd August 2012 at 3pm

Closes: Wednesday 19th September 2012 at 5pm

Title: The Sporting Midlands

Description:

While the country celebrates the success of the London Olympic Games we look back to the Midlands history of the games. From the birthplace of the modern games at Much Wenlock in Shropshire to the games that never were: ‘Birmingham 1992’ which aimed to put the Midlands forward as the true centre of the Olympic ideal. The compilation includes interviews with some of the UK’s sporting greats from the 1980s, Tessa Sanderson, Geoff Capes and Sebastian Coe.

 

Memories from MACE- Kaleidoscope Event, 1st September 2012


I will be joining Kaleidoscope this Saturday for a special celebration of ATV and Midlands broadcasting. Titled Midlands Memories, the event will feature guest interviews, rare screenings and ATV memorabilia on display.

Hartley Hare, Nigel Plaskitt and Gail Renard will be joining to remember their time on classic ATV children’s show, Pipkins. Celebrated musician and composer Johnny Patrick has an association with music on Midlands television going back five decades and will be appearing live. There will also be a special pre-recorded video interview with Bob Warman, the face of Midlands news since the 1970s. 

Screenings include previously missing footage from TISWAS, a tribute to The Golden Shot, local comic Lenny Henry’s television debut on New Faces which was preserved by Bob Monkhouse, Tingha and Tucker, an untransmitted look at ATV’s years at Elstree Studios, rare material from ATV Today and much more.

The team behind our 2011 DVD release From ATVLand in Colour, Peter Raven and Lee Bannister will talk about our next collaborative project, From Headlines to Tight-Lines – The Story of ATV Today. Also, I will be showcasing a special presentation of rare gems from the Media Archive for Central England, you can see a selection of screengrabs from the footage I’ll be showing below.

Diana Rigg at the Television Awards 1966

Tingha and Tucka in 1966

Cliff Richard on Tingha and Tucka in 1963

Cliff Richard performing with Tingha and Tucka

Midlands Memories will take place on Saturday 1st September 2012 between 12:00-7:00pm at

The Talbot Hotel
High Street
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 1DW

 

Full details of the schedule for the day can be found on the Next Kaleidoscope Event page.

 

See you there!

Emma

A New Way of Seeing – Time Limited Online Screenings Streamed on MACE’s Blog – Screening 2: Bits Stuck Anywhere: The Decline of BSA and the Birmingham Motorcycle Industry


A new concept for the Media Archive for Central England (MACE)…

…Time limited online screenings streamed at www.macearchive.wordpress.com

 

In the coming months MACE will ‘screen’ a series of ten themed compilation films here on our blog. Each themed compilation will stream online for 4 weeks.

A New Way of Seeing Screening 2:

‘Venue’: http://www.macearchive.wordpress.com

Commenced: Thursday 9th August 2012

Closes: Friday 7th September at 5pm

Title: Bits Stuck Anywhere: The Decline of BSA and the Birmingham Motorcycle Industry

Description:

How did the Midlands’ once mighty motorcycle industry decline into industrial turmoil and eventual collapse?  Using archive film from the MACE collection we will travel from the post-war boom years of mass produced motorcycles to the 1970s when motorcycle giant BSA faced closure and the eventual ignominy of a public auction of its assets.  Perhaps the school boys were right and BSA did stand for Bits Stuck Anywhere….This sales decline is contrasted with glorious footage of the riders in action: the Midlands’ own leather jacked clad ‘ton-up boys’ taking to the streets of Birmingham and Leicester when the only motorcycles that mattered were made in Britain.

Another Evocative & Thought Provoking Trip Down Memory Lane @_The_Public with Cipher’s Past Lives Tour.


The Public, West Bromwich.

Last Friday I attended another fantastic screening of Cipher’s Past Lives Music to Archive film performance, this time taking place at The Public, in West Bromwich. It was a wonderful opportunity for members of the surrounding West Midlands communities to come and see some of the home-movie film gems that have been found by the Full Circle groups from across the East and West Midlands.


“We all really enjoyed Friday evening’s performance.  You had done an amazing job with the film, touching, amusing, evocative in turns, with some beautiful faces, and really summoning up what it was to live in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.   The music provided a terrific backdrop, really enhancing what was on the screen by creating just the right atmosphere.”
Sarah Bradley, Full Circle Depositor

The Public’s Past Lives audience were treated to poetic family scenes from the 1950s to 70s, shots of Balsall Heath William Edward Street, Woodside, Dudley, The Black Country, Town Sparrows, Percy Thrower Gardens in Edgbaston, Hop Farming in Herefordshire, a trip to the East Midlands coast, kamikaze motorcycles, and much much more.

All accompanied by Cipher’s specially composed live musical score.

If you’ve not yet managed to attend a Past Lives event, then try and pop down to:

  • 7 July Derby – The Quad, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS (01332 290606) derbyquad.co.uk
  • 8 July Cromford – Gothic Warehouse, The Arkwright Society, Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, DE4 3RQ (01629 823256) arkwrightsociety.org.uk + Workshop
  • 19 July Stamford Arts Centre – 27 St. Marys Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL (01780 763 203) stamfordartscentre.com

Watch this space for a Manchester date in September too!

Cipher’s Dave Sturt and Theo Travis with Full Circle Depositor Sarah Bradley and her brother Robert, whose father Christopher Whitcombe’s family films are one of many to play a big part in the Past Lives Performance.

A scene from The Whitcombe Family Film Collection that has been digitised by MACE’s, Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle film search project.

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Walsall Sea Scouts Archive Film Screening @ The Crossing


                                          3RD  WALSALL  SEA  SCOUTS  PRESENTS          

     THE  KINESCOUT  PRODUCTIONS  1929  –  1957

   BY  SARG  (LEONARD  STANLEY) 

Tickets £3.50 and all proceeds will go to Walsall Sea Scouts.

 

With help from MACE’s Heritage Lottery funded Full Circle Project plus some Government funding a set of old films have been restored and put onto DVD in order that they may be shown to members of the public at St Pauls the Crossing Walsall.

The footage includes a 30 minute long synopsis of a feature film “Haunted  Harbour” inCops and Robbers” using members of the 3rd Walsall Sea Scouts to act out comical scenes. The script for this particular film was written by the nationally renowned Boys Book author and friend of Lord Baden Powell Percy Westerman.

Although supposedly depicting scenes from other parts of the country, all the filming was done in Walsall and it will be apparent to a local audience that the end of the Bridge at Potter Heigham is actually the White Heart Hotel in Caldmore!  There are also scenes shot in and around the old Sister Dora Hospital.

Interesting fact: Did you know the Walsall Sea Scouts were part of the team that organised the 1948 Olympic Sailing Team. 

It is not only a record of what our young Walsall people were doing in the mid 1900`s but an historical record of things of popular interest and an insight to some of the thoughts on how modern technology might be developed in the future (our time now) all with a comic turn! 

The films themselves will be stored from now on at MACE in their humidity and temperature controlled archive store, as they are considered to be of historical interest.

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Calling all Scouts, Third Walsall Sea Scouts Archive Films.


Brian Griffiths holds one of the 16mm reels from the L.G. Stanley Film Collection which documents the adventures of the Third Walsall Sea Scouts.

A few months ago I was contacted by Trevor McFarlane of Full Circle Group –  Cheslyn Hay & District History Society. Trevor had been notified of some cinefilms belonging to Brian Griffiths that had been originally  shot by the one and only L. G. Stanley (Sarg) born 13 February 1899, of the Third Walsall Sea Scouts.

“His father and Grandfather owned a substantial Leather Business making buckles and this expanded with the advent of plastics and moldings. The firm Alfred Stanley and Sons stood at the corner of Brace Street and Wednesbury Road. They lived in Slaney Road. When Sarg was 5 his father had a house built at 40 Gorway Road and the family moved there.” Excerpt from ‘History of the Third or How I Remember It.’ by Brian Griffiths. 

L. G. Stanley filmed many scouting activities and events in Walsall from the 1930s onwards. One of the films from the collection is entitled: Haunted Harbour. It is a Kinescout adaptation of the book by Percy F. Westerman.

Brian Griffiths remembers the 1957 The Jamboree; Indaba & MOOT, in Sutton Park :

“The Sea Scouts of Sutton Coldfield and Walsall Sea Scouts played host the World of Scouts and helped to organize the World JUBILLE JAMBOREE INDBA & MOOT in Sutton Park

There is a film that covers this event.

(Which is to be screened on 17th April 2012 at The Crossing at St Pauls, Walsall.)

At odd weekends just before the Jamboree, I had attended several County Meetings with Sarg. Just taking a few notes of dates, times and venues, later following the tuition given to me as a Work Services clerk in the army, I typed out notices, alternative minutes and schedules. This led Sarg to ask me if I was going to attend the event.

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” No” I said. “I will still be doing my National Service.”
“How much longer have you to serve”? was the next question.
“About four days after the Jamboree finishes”.
“I’ll see what I can do”. Knowing Sarg, that was just about anything. Sure enough, about a week before the Jamboree a Brigadier came into my office. The Civilian officer and I jumped to attention, but the Chief Engineer for Western Command stood the pair of us at our ease and asked if I was Brian Griffiths. I didn’t deny it. He asked what part I had played in the organization and I explained that I had taken notes attending meetings at County level, without letting on how many. He granted me leave to attend the Jamboree. It was a good job I had only four days left to do, before my “Demob” The Chief Clerk of the office and R.S.M.at Chester Castle were unhappy that I had influenced the Chief Engineer, but it was worth it.

The crew who shot the film of the comings and goings of the Jamboree were very busy all day and every day. Sarg was busy at meetings and finding old friends, inviting them to see the Guardship in the middle of Powell’s Pool. A Pulling Crew had to be maintained at all times.A telephone switch board had been installed in the after cabin. It had eight phone lines plus mine, also a typewriter and a primitive duplicator. The job in hand was exactly the same as the one I had left at The Command H.Q. at Chester. Typing and duplicating Minutes, similarly, results from events, It took a little organizing to see the camps and sights, I saw a lot of guests and they all needed tea and biscuits. Luckily my cousin was in the Galley. Each of us doing our own jobs, I have no idea how much David saw on the Jamboree.
There were 31,426 Scouts at the Jamboree from 88 countries were under canvas Sarg’s part in this memorable event was to look after all water activities on the various lakes in Sutton Park and in particular the major carnival and displays on Powell’s Pool. The Guardship was a special feature and over the course of the fourteen days 650 Scouters and guests came to the Guardship to see this unique training facility.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.
Web: www.macearchive.org

Photography © Lucie Kerley

MACE’s Emma Morley Enjoys Flatpack/Still Walking’s ‘On Location Walking Tour’


Today hasn’t completely gone to plan as my iphone crashed this morning and I couldn’t tweet or blog in the day. But I had a great time with my family on Flatpack Festival’s On Location Walking Tour in which we walked around various familiar spots in Birmingham, and found that they were locations in some familiar dramas, including Hustle and the brilliant film, Brassed Off.

Our Tour Guide, Mark Wilson was engaging, confident and a great storyteller. It was great to hear him telling stories that you can hear on on our DVD release, From ATVLand in Colour, including Chris Tarrant’s  Frank Carson hotel and Lenny Henry/Trevor McDonald stories (Watch the DVD to hear Chris tell them!)

What I enjoyed about the tour was that we could explore the hidden Birmingham. It’s so easy to traipse around the shops and not take a moment to look at what is around you. To look at some of the beautiful buildings in Birmingham, from the BCU School of Art Building to the old Eye hospital, beautiful buildings that have doubled as fictional locations on TV and Film was refreshing and, a more gentle, relaxing way of looking at the city. Much better (and cheaper) than shopping! Also, as I went with family, we could share our own memories and thoughts on our Birmingham ancestors. Those who follow me on Twitter know me as an East Midlands girl but my maternal ancestry is firmly rooted in Birmingham, going back to the 17th Century (and perhaps earlier).

Perhaps on another blog entry, I’ll fill you all in on that interesting story!

You may be interested in reading more here:
Mark Wilson’s website: http://btvfloc.wordpress.com

The On Location Walking Tour formed part of the Flatpack Festival, but it is also one of a number of Birmingham walking tours by Still Walking. Check out their website below:

Still Walking Tours: http://stillwalking.org

Emma, MACE

MACE’s Emma Morley’s off to Birmingham for the Flatpack Festival on Sunday


On Sunday, I will be exploring Birmingham through the world of moving image at the Flatpack Festival.

Flatpack, which is now in its sixth year is, as they describe,  ‘an eclectic jamboree of film, taking over venues all over Birmingham from 14-18 March 2012’.

The Independent has called Flatpack “The country’s most creatively curated film festival”

Like me, why not visit their website HERE and browse through the events that are happening over the weekend in venues you wouldn’t think would be screening film – from coffee shops to a narrow boat!

And, if you enter Media Archive for Central England into the search bar of their website (top right of their homepage) you’ll see that films from our archive are being used in a variety of screenings, including the Ikon Slow Boat from 11am til 6pm tomorrow and Bikermania Shorts from 5pm til 6.30pm at the Custard Factory Theatre. And, personally, if I had time, I’d stay at the Custard Factory and watch the classic ‘I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle’ which I haven’t seen in 20 years!

I’ll also be going on Mark Wilson’s On Location Walking Tour, which sets off from Snowhill Station at 12pm. (There is a second tour at 2.30pm).  The tour, I’m reliably informed, will include the ATV Centre, off Broad Street, the topic of our highly successful DVD release, From ATVLand in Colour.

I’ll be blogging and tweeting (@emmasianmorley) on Sunday with photos and thoughts on the day, so do look out for that, if you’re not going to Flatpack yourself.

Emma, MACE

Sneaky Peak Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Cipher’s Rehearsal of Upcoming ‘Past Lives’ Musical/ Archive Film Performance


Cipher

Over the past year and a half the @MACEarchive Media Archive for Central England‘s, @HeritageLottery Funded, Full Circle Project Curators Kay Ogilvie (@KayOgilvie) and Lucie Kerley (@luciekerley) have worked alongside local community and history groups throughout the midlands to collect over 200+ home-movie, industrial and amateur film collections relating to the East and West Midlands.

One of our West Midlands Full Circle Groups Norman Bartlam and the TNT News Team with the Mayoress Councillor Ward at a film screening event in Ladywood, Birmingham.

Dave Sturt and his creative musical troup – Cipher have collaborated with visual artist Anthony Hatton to produce a thought-provoking and engaging visual and live musical experience using little seen footage from the Media Archive of Central England, including local images of Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, West Midlands and Nottinghamshire.

Cipher's Dave and Theo

Cipher's Dave and Tony

MACE were delighted to be able to work with Cipher to give these previously hidden, film heritage gems new musical accompaniment in order to bring these silent home-movies to life! For more information see here.

Cipher during a rehearsal session of "Past Lives".

For tickets, please contact the venues directly.

Tour Dates:

08/03/12 – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre T: 01522 837600

09/03/12 – The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford      T: 01529 308710

27/03/12 – South Holland Centre, Spalding T: 01775 764 777

25/05/12 – Holymoorside Village Hall, Chesterfield  T: 01246 567118 or 861997

27/05/12 – The Broadway, Nottingham T: 0115 952 6600

30/05/12 – Solihull Arts Complex T: 0121 704 6962

24/06/12 – The Ritz cinema, Belper T: 01773 822 224

27/06/12 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry T: 024 7652 4524

29/06/12 – The Public, West Bromwich  T: 0121 533 7161

07/07/12 – The Quad, Derby T: 01332 290606

08/07/12 – Gothic Warehouse, Cromford  T: 01629 824297

19/07/12 – Stamford Arts Centre T: 01780 763 20

http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk/index.htm

The music is composed by renowned musicians Theo Travis(flute, sax – David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Robert Fripp) andDave Sturt (fretless bass/sound design – Gong, Steve Hillage, Bill Nelson). They will perform with guest musicians Deirdre Benscik (cello) and Clare Bhabra (violin) from the renownedSinfonia ViVA

Past Lives Rehearsal with digitally projected Full Circle films in the background.

Chair of Belbroughton History Society and Full Circle Depositor Sarah Bradley chats with pupils at Belbroughton Primary School during a screening of some local archive films from the MACE Full Circle Project.

Child engaging with vintage cine-film camera that was found during the MACE Full Circle Project at BBC Reel History Event in Leicester.

Dave Sturt chats to Sarah Bradley about her father's beautifully shot cinefilm collection, some of which will feature in the Past Lives performance.

the workshops…….some venues will be running workshops on the day of the performance – please ring to check.  They will demonstrate how to create a soundtrack and will give people a chance to play to a scene from the film. The workshop willinclude basic improvisation techniques, ‘capturing a mood’, exploring musical themes, using music technology in live performance and discovering the hidden potential of musical instruments. Interested musicians of all ages and all standards welcome.

our sponsors…….

A very big thank you to the following sponsors who have helped make this happen – The Heritage Lottery, Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and The QUAD, Derby

For more information about Dave Sturt or Cipher check out:
http://www.session-bass-guy.com
http://www.myspace.com/davesturt
http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk
http://www.jadewarrior.com
http://www.planetgong.co.uk
http://www.billnelson.com
 

If you have any cine film, tape or moving image material relating to the Midlands region and want to know how you can preserve these items for years to come and have relevant material digitised as part of the Full Circle Project, please get in touch with:

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle Project Curator: Community & Acquisition – 07919 896 505 or 01522 837756 (Wednesday’s) email: lkerley@lincoln.ac.uk

To learn more about the Full Circle Project, and check out the MACE website  for more Midlands film gems!