With Sarah Cox and guests
An introduction to A Time Traveller’s Guide to Bristol, a new digital project from ArthurCox that uses geographically collated archive films and photographs to explore the city’s past. Bristol is a city that has undergone radical changes to its city centre; the Blitz of 1940, the relocation of the docks to Avonmouth, the drastic town planning of the 1950′s, the city-splitting M32 in 1966 and the recent building of Cabot Circus. Once buildings have disappeared and areas rebuilt it is hard to remember what was there before; the memory becomes extinct.
Imagine being able to go back to 1910 when the Bristol Harbour was still a working dock right in the centre of town, or to explore the dense medieval streets of Castle Park in the 1930’s before the Blitz destroyed the original shopping centre. We can even take you into the future; what will Stokes Croft look like in 100 years time, will the Banksy still be there, enshrined in a digital force field?
We will be screening extracts from the The Time Traveller’s Guide as well as some amazing footage we have discovered at the Bristol Record Office, Super8 clips from individual contributors and forgotten BBC news reels.
Project screenshots of various locations in Bristol (above: looking up Park Street, below: the former Dutch House super-imposed on a modern street corner)
This project is funded from the Regional Investment Fund England (RIFE) through the UK Film Council’s Digital Film Archive Fund via South West Screen and Arts Council England. It is partnered with Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives & Bristol Record Office, and sponsored by ss Great Britain, Destination Bristol and UWE, with lots of in-kind support from other companies. The BBC are also contributing significant archive and support through their BBC Anchor Agreement with Bristol.
Sarah Cox studied Animation at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1992. She has since worked as a director of short films and commercials. This includes, most notably, 3 Ways to Go in 1997, Plain Pleasures, commissioned by Channel 4 and completed in 2001, and Heavy Pockets, a 6 minute commission from S4C that was nominated for the Short Animation BAFTA 2005.
Sarah joined Picasso Pictures in 1994 and her directing credits include campaigns for Boots No7 and Avaya Communications as well as individual commercials for Sanatogen, Benadryl and Virgin Megastores. A year was spent as Head of 2D Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia (1999 – 2000). Further teaching followed at The National School of Film and TV (2001- 2003). Currently she is external examiner for the NFTS Animation course. Sarah left Picasso Pictures to set up ArthurCox with Sally Arthur in 2002. Using a combination of Live Action and Animation they have directed commercials for the French market, and film and broadcast projects in the UK.
Sarah has also produced a number of projects including the short film John and Karen, directed by Matthew Walker, winner of many awards including best animation for adults at Ottawa 2007. At ArthurCox she has worked with Aardman Animation on a number of projects including directing a short film for the Live Earth concerts Don’t Let It all Unravel where endangered knitted species unravel before our eyes.
Sarah’s latest film, A Time and a Time, made entirely from archive footage, was screened in competition at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. This has led to the development of a major multi-platform archive project, A Time Traveller’s Guide to Bristol, which will result in a website and iPhone application using urban archived footage and photography.
In the coming year, Sarah will be directing the Tate Movie, a collaboration between Aardman, Fallon and the Tate to create a 20 minute film with 1000’s of children across the UK.
ArthurCox have just won the 2010 BAFTA for Best Short Animation Mother of Many.
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