I N T E R W O V E N Film Commission

Black and white image of mill workers from approx the 1950s. South Asian woman at the front, next to an older white woman

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced filmmaker to create visual content for an upcoming I N T E R W O V E N performance in Dewsbury. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 12 January 2022.

To create a short film of around 20 minutes that can be used as a backdrop to the I N T E R W O V E N musical performance, and also played on a loop as part of an exhibition.

I N T E R W O VE N began as Woven Into Song, a boliyan and choir performance at the first WOVEN festival in June 2019. It was further developed for the 2021 festival as a unique soundscape of the Kirklees area, both its mill heritage and its present – a mixture of machinery, work, storytelling, brass music and boliyan. Artists Hardeep Sahota, Mandeep Samra and Boff Whalley created a weave of ideas, something at once both unusual and recognisable, drawing from the collected stories and images of the people who’ve spent lifetimes working in the Kirklees weaving mills. Featuring the Huddersfield Boliyan Ensemble with Swanjit Kaur, Skelmanthorpe Brass Band and folk singer Johnny Campbell.

The visual and sound installation was displayed in a shop window in Huddersfield for WOVEN 2021 and you can watch it online.

We now plan to bring I N T E R W O V E N to Dewsbury for an exhibition and live performance in March 2022. The new musical piece will use the existing soundscape as a starting point and then build in additional artistic content and textile industry stories from Dewsbury.

We imagine that the film will use the existing images from the 2021 visual and sound installation (link above) as a starting point, and you could research and include further archive images and film footage (we can provide support and contacts to access this additional content). Beyond that we would like you to propose what strategies and techniques you would use to bring the themes of the project to life. We want to create a visually engaging and exciting film that works as a standalone exhibit displayed on a loop, and as a projected backdrop to the final performance of the new musical piece.

Project content and themes include:

  • Brass bands
  • Qawwali singers
  • Stories of immigration from industrial revolution to the present day
  • Stories of working in the textile industry in Kirklees
  • Mill machinery
  • The shoddy industry of North Kirklees and it’s connections to environmental issues and present day sustainability in the textile industry

£2,000 fixed fee

To apply:
Please email Alison McIntyre alison@hatchprojects.org.uk with the following:

  • A short (no more than one side of A4) summary of how you would approach the brief and what strategies and techniques you would use to bring the themes of the project to life, as detailed above.
  • If you would prefer to record your summary please send a film or audio clip (no more than 5 minutes) of you speaking or having a conversation with someone.
  • Your CV and contact details of two previous commissioners who you would be happy for us to contact.
  • Links to your previous film work
  • We are particularly interested in working with people who have links to Dewsbury or North Kirklees, or who are under-represented within the arts and cultural sector. If either of these apply to you, please include some details with your application.

If you have any questions or would like an informal conversation about the brief before you apply, please contact Alison on alison@hatchprojects.org.uk

Application deadline: Wednesday 12th January
Interviews: Friday 14th January
Successful applicant appointed: Wednesday 19th January
Film project start: Monday 24th January
Finished film delivered: Monday 14th March

The filmmaker will be supported by the Project Manager and the Creative Team throughout the filmmaking process.

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