4 Oral History & Film

There was quite a journey to creating the following films, which were inspired by archive materials and people’s memories. The audio aspect was recorded by residents at Latimer House, Chiswick House and the Monday Club at St Lukes. The memories were funny, moving and generously shared. They are used to create a soundtrack to the films. Editing and production are by brilliant Marc Reck who is now a regular collaborator on Secret City projects. Full oral history recordings will be available as a digital archive at the Library of Birmingham and on request from Secret City Arts.

The Bristol Street Cinema – Birmingham from Secret City on Vimeo.

Three of the films feature performance work by students from BMET College. This was developed using creative artifact session where the students worked interpretively with archive materials. We worked with the fantastic Martin MacNally from Reel Access to make the films. A green screen was used  to give us a sense of place. The art work is by Ruquaiyya Qazi who is a final year student at BCU and by BMET students. We are already looking forward to working with Ruquaiyya when she graduates.

A Suffragettes Diary from Secret City on Vimeo.

The final three films used images to provide the visual aspect. These were by the kind permission of Birmingham Archive, Birmingham Museums Trust, the Barrow Family, Bournville Village Trust, and people who shared their memories.

How We Lived from Secret City on Vimeo.

Joseph Southall – Artist from Secret City on Vimeo.

Joseph Sturge – Anti Slavery Campaigner from Secret City on Vimeo.

We hope you enjoy  these films! It was a pleasure to make them and discover more about our city through connecting with people who so generously shared their living stories.

Please note that there is one more film to be uploaded. Watch this space…

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