Thinking About England: Martin Parr: Film Retrospective (Moose Cinema)
19th May 2015: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm in rotation
Moose Cinema, Upper Street, London College of Communication, London, SE1 6SB
Internationally recognized as a major photographer, Parr’s work as a filmmaker is less well –known. As part of Moose Film 2015 we will explore his work, and also screen some of the films made by other directors about his practice as a photographer. The programme will begin with Martin’s remarkable documentary ‘Think of England ‘ made at the end of the 90s, and end with the touching and comedic Turkey and Tinsel (2014), in which Martin follows a group of West Midlands senior citizens on a pre Christmas break to Weston-super-Mare. On May 19 Martin will also be in conversation with Nicholas Barker, who Parr collaborated with in the making of the landmark Signs of the Times project for the BBC in the early 1990s.
Films by Martin Parr
For Goodness Sake: Teddy Gray’s Sweet Factory. Multistory, 2011. 20 minutes
Martin returned to using a film camera in his first film as part of his Multistory commission, making a wonderfully engaging documentary about Teddy Gray’s sweet factory in Dudley in the Black Country, a family owned and run business, established in 1826.
Mark Goes to Mongolia. Multistory, 2013. 43 minutes
‘Mark goes to Mongolia’, tells the story of pigeon auctioneer, breeder and entrepreneur, Mark Evans (who lives and works in the Black Country). As pigeon racing dies out in the UK, Mark discovers a new world of pigeon racing and breeding in China and Mongolia and a new business opportunity, where the prizes are high and interest in the sport is growing. Martin Parr engages with his subject, with his customary curiosity.
Turkey and Tinsel. Multistory, 2014. 59 minutes
JR Holyhead Travel is a family-run coach company located in the small, market town of Willenhall in the Black Country that has been in business for 25 years. Turkey and Tinsel holidays are a clever concept dreamt up by hotels and coach companies to stay open during the usually quiet pre-Christmas period. Martin Parr films a group of Black Country pensioners, from pick-up to drop-off, on their five-day Christmas break (in November, 2013). Turkey and Tinsel is a bittersweet narrative of the ordinary and the unpretentious.
Tudor Crystal. Multistory, 2014. 32 minutes
Stourbridge, in the Black Country, was once world famous for its glass. Established in 1922, Tudor Crystal is the last, multi-furnace company producing 30% lead crystal, within a traditional glassmaking cone. Tudor Crystal is an affecting story of a family business unwittingly caught up in the maelstrom of globalisation.
Films about Martin Parr
Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South, Contrasto. Dir. Neal Bronfman and Elisa Gambino. 2012. 30 minutes
Southeast Emmy nominated Hot Spots: Martin Parr in the American South, is a thirty minute documentary short that examines the photography of Magnum’s most controversial and prolific member as he gathers images for his first commission by a major American art museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
From the first click at the Cactus Car Wash to the unusual travel tip offered to Martin at the Atlanta Steeple Chase six months later. Psychobillys, tailgate partiers, roller derby teams, art collectors and gamblers… Martin Parr’s energy and x-ray vision burn through Atlanta like a modern day William Hogarth’s.
The film features interviews with Susan Meiselas, Philip Gefter, John Gossage and Julian Cox. Hot Spots shows us Martin Parr at his most outrageous. Hot Spots was broadcast on Georgia Public broadcasting
No Worries: Dir. David Dare Parker, 2011. 15 minutes
No Worries follows Parr while shooting his 2011 commission for Fotofreo, the Australian photography festival. Magnum photographer Martin Parr was brought to Western Australia by FotoFreo Festival Director Bob Hewitt to photograph three major port cities, Fremantle, Broome and Port Hedland. Dare Parker, went along to document the Broome and Port Hedland sections of the project. A relatively short commission, No Worries was accompanied by a revealing and engaging commentary by Parr, reflected in this short film.
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