Forest Gump


It’s before 9am early on saturday morning we’re at the Hull park run in East Hull the largest park run in the country. It’s just getting light. I’m in here to meet The Martindale family who have arranged to do a Forest Gump shoot with me.

Paul Martindale is in costume, he’s very tall and has a newly acquired Caveman wig and beard from Amazon. Sarah Martindale is wrangling Paul’s beard and putting the final touches to his Forest Gump character.

I shout to the group of runners warming up – ‘who wants to be in the picture’. Everyone gets in position, there are some hi vis jackets, we get them to the back of the group.

Some final adjustments to Paul’s caveman wig which has a life of it’s own and is having a diva moment, I get the final thumbs up from a relieved Sarah, shout to the runners to get ready and take this picture.



Today we are in the Daily Telegraph

Hull turns to Hullywood as iconic film scenes recreated on Humber

Jim Wardlaw as Tom Hanks in Castaway for Hullywood
Jim Wardlaw as Tom Hanks in Castaway CREDIT: QUENTIN BUDWORTH



It may lack the glamour and sunshine of Los Angeles, but that has not stopped hardy Hull residents using the city’s landmarks to recreate famous movie scenes in celebration of its 2017 status as UK City of Culture.

Braving biting North Sea winds rather than paparazzi, local film buffs have temporarily turned the Yorkshire port into Hullywood.

Well known scenes recreated for the Hullywood Icons project include Tom Hanks appearance in the film Castaway recreated under the Humber Bridge by Jim Wardlaw.

Quentin Budworth, the photographer behind the project, said: “Poor old Jim, it was freezing on the day we did the shoot.”

'Ursula Andress' in hte shadow of the Humber Bridge
The celebrated arrival of Ursula Andress in Dr No – recreated in the shadow of the Humber Bridge CREDIT: QUENTIN BUDWORTH

Other pictures include a recreation of Ursula Andress’ bikini-clad emergence from the balmy waters of the Caribbean, transplanted to Hessle Foreshore on the banks of the estuary.

A huge firework display and the opening of a city-wide installation signalled the start of Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture on New Year’s Day.

Lucy Joy as Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) in a recreation of King Kong for the Hullywood Icons project
Lucy Joy as Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) in a recreation of King Kong for the Hullywood Icons project CREDIT: QUENTIN BUDWORTH

Organisers of the hundreds of events planned for Hull in 2017 have said they are ready to welcome visitors from around the world as well as include all of the Yorkshire city’s 250,000 residents saying: “The stage is set, we’re ready for showtime”.

Hull is the second city to be given UK City Culture status, following Derry-Londonderry in 2013.

The city was selected in 2013 amid some surprise, from a shortlist which included Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay.

Organisers of Hull 2017 and local politicians have explicitly linked the cultural plans for the year with the economic transformation of the city, symbolised by the £300 million investment by German tech firm Siemens in an offshore wind manufacturing plant at Alexandra Dock.

Stephen Brady, council leader, has said more than £1bn of investment has flowed into the city since the UK City of Culture announcement, including £100m of capital investment in the cultural and visitor infrastructure.

Projections at Archbishop Sentamu Academy December 30th 2016

Here are some photos from the projections at Archbishop Sentamu Academy on Preston Road in East Hull. We had about 100 visitors during the course of the evening quote of the night ‘This is our first City of Culture Event what a great start’. We used a wide angle projection lens to get the coverage on the building. To say it was cold would be an understatement.

It was really great to see Chris Sharp and his family who appeared out of the mist and stayed for ages watching the film you may recall Chris did the original Ghostbusters shoot a while back.



Preview of Hullywood Icons at St John’s Hotel

I must say a huge thank you to the 200 or so people who attended the opening projection event at the St John’s Hotel on Queen’s Road in Hull.It was a fantastic event with a great vibe and heart.

In particular I would like to thank:

Adie and Robert for hosting the event and making our set up easy and hassle free.

All the Hullywood Icons who came along and brought their friends and family you are awesome!

I would especially like to thank everyone in costume who spoke to one of the four film crews at the event.

Bandanarama for playing at half time as a flash mob you are my guilty pleasure and I love your thang you are a Wild Bunch.

Chris and Tim and Priscilla Queen of the Desert for sound and light magic.

There will be a piece on the BBC towards New Year and also in The Hull Daily Mail and the icons will be featured in two documentaries currently in production.


Emma J Elizabeth Bloody brilliant Quentin Budworth, what an amazing project. I found looking at all the images together strangely moving. Well done to everyone who stepped up, what an inspiring bunch.
Wow wow wow how amazing. Thank you so much Quentin Budworth for allowing me to be a Baddie Hullywood Icon. Loved every minute. You must be soooo proud. Amazing Xx
Kevin Young A Wonderful evening. Thank you Quentin.
Richard Hall Quentin Budworth great to see all. The hullywood icons projected tonight. Everyone looked great. Met some really nice people. The band was great.
Rick Gilroy  Fantastic night catching up with the other Hullywood Icons, great to attend the preview and finally see them on the side of a building, City of Culture 2017 😃🎬📸
Emma Palmer‘s Hullywood icons. Met some nice people tonight. Everyone on the images projected look great. So glad to be part of this. Thank you Quentin Budworth.
Steve Batten Had a really great night. Thank you very much, loved the band, loved the pictures. A big well done for everyone involved hope to see you again soon.
Pete Jordan  Hullywood Icons! With added Bandanarama! …and jolly good they were too, jointly and severally 🙂
Kate Macdonald Great night, brilliant photos/project (looked amazing on big screen), kicked off coc for me!

Mel Haynes Absolutely! It was great fun Larkin out with you Quentin Budworth!
Cassie Patton What a terrific evening. Huge congratulations to Quentin Budworth, Robert Jamieson and everyone involved in this enchanting project, which I would love to see – and buy – in book form.
Andy Train Really loved tonight, thank you for inviting us all to participate in your Hullywood Icons project. I hope people enjoy watching it as much as we all did.
Tricia Boulton Feeling jolly! Had a lovely time this evening, Congrats on a great project Quentin Budworth🙂 fantastic music from the band was an added bonus. .
Paul Dannatt What a great show x
Nick Beardshaw Great to see it”on the big screen” completed +Quentin Budworth really proud to be a part of it +Rick Gilroy you look spot on as always mate.
Robert JamiesoFantastic!
Helen Smith What a brilliant night. Loved meeting some of the other “icons”. Thanks QuentinBudworth! Also the band were excellent!!
Jill Cuthbert Walker Twas ace. Loved it.




Here we have a laugh out loud homage to Borat from Andrew Williams with a particularly Hull vibe shot in late December during a short lunch break  with his newly acquired Secret Santa gift from the office party Andrew stepped up to the mark to make this image. He is a very brave man!

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (or simply Borat) is a 2006 British-American mockumentary comedy film. The film was written and produced by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen who also plays the title character, Borat Sagdiyev, a fictitious Kazakh journalist travelling through the United States recording real-life interactions with Americans.

The Truman Show

Sara Owen got in touch with me about recreating the role of Laura Linney as Hannah Gill playing Meryl Burbank, Truman’s wife, a nurse at the local hospital in the Truman Show the  American satirical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir.
Since the show relies on product placement for revenue, Meryl regularly shows off various items she has recently “purchased”, one of the many oddities that makes Truman question his life.

It’s all about the art and the legacy

Hull council hands out £1m to keep City of Culture going in 2018 and beyond

By Hull Daily Mail  |  Posted: December 17, 2016

INVESTMENT: Council grants cash boost for Hull's City of Culture company to continue after 2017

INVESTMENT: Council grants cash boost for Hull’s City of Culture company to continue after 2017.

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The company set up to run Hull’s City of Culture year is being given £1m of council cash to continue beyond 2017.

It is part of a deal with the Government after former chancellor George Osborne announced a £13m package of support in March.

The City of Culture company is led by chief executive Martin Green with broadcaster Rosie Millard as its chairman. As yet, it is not known whether either will stay on after 2017.

At a recent East Riding scrutiny meeting Mr Green hinted he might move once the year had finished, admitting: “I’m a bit of a project junkie”. However, the company itself will continue to operate until 2021 to delivery a legacy programme of culture and arts activities.

‘PROJECT JUNKIE’: Martin GreenCity council deputy chief executive Trish Dalby said: “2017 is going to be a fantastic year but it’s not just about that year.

“It’s about another three years after that when Hull will still be the UK City of Culture.

“During that time we will be looking to change significantly how people think about arts and culture in Hull by using them as a vehicle for regeneration and transformation.”

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Ms Dalby said it was too early to say whether key company figures such as Mr Green would be staying. She said: “Ultimately it will depend on personal circumstances and we have to respect that, however, I am confident that some people who have come to Hull work on 2017 will consider staying on.”

She said one the roles of the company beyond 2017 would be to continue the job of attracting arts funding to Hull. “We have already seen how it has attracted really big funders and sponsors for 2017,” she said.

“For this additional investment the council is putting in we would expect a similar return.”

CULTURE: ‘Hullywood’ movie posters are among the projects catching attention.Several major funders for the 2017 programme have already expressed an interest, in principle, of extending that support for Hull into the following years.

The council’s £1m allocation will sit alongside £8m from Mr Osborne’s grant for legacy work. The remaining £5m from the government grant is going towards the cost of redevelopment work at Hull New Theatre.

The 2017 company was set up in October 2014 after Hull won the bid to become the next UK City of Culture. It operates as a charity and is based in High Street.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Well at last  I have succumbed after much cajoling to create my own  Hullywood Icon. The temptation to do a selfie in the bell tower of Holy Trinity was great but after researching the 1939 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Charles Laughton I realised that the mise-en-scene was everything as the film had one of the largest and most extravagant sets ever constructed. Following a serendipitous meeting with Reverend Neal whilst shooting Cosette from Les Miserables in Trinity Square on a cold December morning I approached Holy Trinity Church to recreate a classic moment from the film.