I met James Berriman at the projection event for Made in Hull he suggested that he would like to recreate a scene from Cinema Paradiso. John Jackson, who played Simon Pegg in the Shaun of the Dead shoot, works at Cineworld on Kingswood kindly offered us the use of the projection gallery there for the shoot. James’s son Ajay plays Salvatore as a boy.
‘I would like to thank Andy Frodsham of Stoke Film Theatre for lending us two 35mm reels. I have fond memories of Stoke Film Theatre – I was a volunteer projectionist there for 12 years. That’s what inspired me to suggest Cinema Paradiso. Interestingly my uncle Mark’s grandad owned the Cecil and a whole string of cinemas in Hull’.
After the initial shoot James spotted a rather splendid projector in the foyer of the cinema in Beverley. he asked me if I would reshoot the scene in the new location. It was worth it.
Lee and Alex Hawksley and Louis Martindale (Kevin McCallister) recreated this scene from Home Alone in East Park.
I met Gregor Clarkson at the Forest Gump shoot and we agreed to meet up later the same day at the Costello Stadium where we made this homage to Chariots of Fire.
You may recall Paul Martindale as Forest Gump well here we have his daughter Heidi as Heidi at the East Park Animal Education Centre. Many thanks Keith Conkerton as the Grandad and to the staff for wrangling the goats.
I’ve known Richard Vergette since I was a wayward student in the early 80’s gate crashing the Inter Arts course at Bretton Hall whilst studying Art History in Leicester. He is a thoroughly good sport and a gentleman to boot. As head of the students Union at Bretton he organised some of my first paid gigs.
Richard writs plays now and teaches we met at Queens Gardens to make this image.
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.
Sam Hawcroft contacted me about recreating a scene from The Sound of Music. We met at Pearson Park me with a step ladder and Sam in her Sound of Music outfit. Sam’s Nan is from Austria and by a weird quirk of fate Sam is editor of H & E magazine (it’s a long story) so we had plenty to talk about on the way up to location. I got up the ladder to get the angle right and Sam channelled her inner Maria and we made this image.
Soroya Hussain got in touch with me about recreating a scene from Hocus Pocus. Here we have her recreation of the inimitable Winifred Sanderson played by Bette Midler in the film.
Kerry Davies got in touch about his son Joshua Davies recreating a scene from Jurassic Park at Dinostar in Hull. Situated near the C4DI building at the bottom end of Humber Street Dinostar is home to all things Jurassic in Hull. We cased the joint looking for a suitable point to stage the image. The Velociraptors never disappoint visually so we went for this image. Hats off to Joshua he’s only 14 but he’s pulled of a corker! Many thanks to Kerry for bringing the cakes and setting up the location for the shoot. You may recall Kerry was the star of The Westworld shoot.