Archive films screening to celebrate innovative Cornish film company funding success

Sunday 10th July at 7.30pm The British Legion St. Just

West Cornwall based community interest media company, awen productions cic, will be celebrating their recent funding success with a free archive film screening and live music at this years Lafrowda Festival.

Following the huge success of awen’s pilot Tre Project – Rediscovering Cornwall and Isles of Scilly through Archive Film, the company has now secured funding to continue for three more years thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Feast.

Barbara Santi, director of awen productions, explained “Tre is a Cornish word for home/homestead. Over the last 18 months we’ve been working with communities across Cornwall and Scilly using archive film to explore what its really like to live in the far West of the UK.  We’ve had 800 people participate during this time through coming to our events/screenings to participating in making films with us.  We’ve discovered so much amazing film archive, communities and their stories that we had to find a way to continue.  The next three years will reach new audiences with screenings and involve more people through celebrating in Cornwall’s rich screen heritage.”

With thanks to additional funding from Cornwall Community Foundation’s Active at 60 fund, the first of these events will take place this Sunday 10th July at 7.30pm, The British Legion St. Just where specially selected film material dating as far back as the 1930’s will shine a light on West Cornwall’s unique past.

Barbara continues “There will be a particular focus on the St. Just and surrounding areas and things will include some rare South West Film & TV Archive’s 1930’s footage of ‘crying the neck’ on a farm at Towednack, haymaking, harvest, and ‘croust’.  There will also be some other lovely archive gems and the Premiere of some recently made Cornish short films.”

People of all ages are invited to the launch where they will be able to find out about awen’s plans and how the St. Just and surrounding areas can get involved.

And if that wasn’t enough music from accomplished accordion player Seamas Carey (The Busketeers and Kneehigh) will entertain people with his latest multi-media solo project “My Granny’s House”, a touching tale about his grandfather, painter Francis Hewlett who was head of painting at Falmouth Art School for 20 years. http://seamascareymusic.bandcamp.com/album/my-grannys-house

Suitable for all ages.  Free entry.

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One thought on “Archive films screening to celebrate innovative Cornish film company funding success

  1. Congratulations on securing more funding to carry on your excellent work.

    Let me know, if you’re having any screenings further up the county.

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