Beauty and the Beast

Hayley Thorpe contacted me about recreating a scene from Beauty and the Beast at the Brynmor Jones Library at Hull University. We made this image on the top floor. Belle has been Hayley’s hero since she was a child. The combination of book reading and singing was irresistible to her younger self. As a mother she dreams of being able to sit down and read all day uninterrupted.



I was approached to do a shoot from Grease by Claire Champlin. One of the ladies for the shoot had driven up from Cambridge and had suffered a breakdown en route so here we have the ladies from Grease minus the car abandoned by the side of the road in Cambridge. In the picture Anne Chatterton(Frenchie) Dianne Rees (Sandy) Zoe Allison (Rizzo) Claire Champlin (Jan), Beccy O’Sullivan (Marty).
Photograph Quentin Budworth © for merchandise click here

The Labyrinth take 2

Joanne Popplewell works at the  research department at Hull University and she has a secret lifelong obsession. Since she was a young child she has been fascinated by the film The Labyrinth and the character of Sarah. Her family watch the film pretty much every week and are still in mourning after David Bowie’s  death last year. You may recall Lex Stephenson recreated the Goblin King in our earlier Labyrinth shoot which you can see here.

When Joanne got in touch with me to recreate an image from the Labyrinth I really couldn’t say no. In the shadow of the Hull’s latest installation the Blade we set about recreating the scene. We had some helpful tips from the local drunks who seem to like Queen Victoria’s stern faced companionship. Sarah got in position at the base of the Queen Victoria statue and we created this shot, she told me that recreating the scene  was a personal dream come true after almost thirty years. We shared a Danish and parted company leaving some rather confused drunks and a stern faced Victoria.


Weird Science

I’m at Hull University Chemistry department Professor Mark Lorch and Phil Bell-Young are very excited! They have been shopping for props. Phil chuckles as he stuffs a very old fashioned Boyes bra with socks and then sticks it on his head. We’d been talking on twitter Mark had spotted Priscilla when we were projecting in Beverley, said hello and explained his idea for a Hullywood shoot at Hull University’s Chemistry Lab.

Mark is preparing the scene we are shooting in a very logical and systematic manner. It’s all going swimmingly until some students wander into the lab and clock their Professors with bras on their heads – mark waves them out saying ‘we’ll explain later,now go away’.

The scene is from Weird Science, the 80s teen Sci-Fi flick about a pair of Nerdy social outcasts who are publically humiliated in school which persuades them to make their own ‘dream women’ in an attempt to boost their popularity.

Mark Lorch – Research Chemist,  Professor of Science Communication and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. @mark_lorch on twitter. (He is a serious scientist, honest!) Phil Bell-Young – Science Outreach Officer, Faculty of Science and Engineering. @Philby91 on twitter (He is a seriously weird scientist).

They are both mad as a box of frogs with as much energy as small child on Skittles. As they say in some parts of Yorkshire ‘Well met!’.