The Cube & Emily & Alice

Bristol, Cinema

Those who have been to the Cube Cinema for any one of the many different events held there will not need telling what an essential part of Bristol’s cultural scene the venue is. In an attempt to buy the building before their lease comes to an end, the Cube owners have been asking for donations from their audience, with a number of fundraising events organised throughout the year.

Alice and Emily Trott have made a film shot during their travels in South America, hoping to screen it on 1st December in celebration of the Cube’s Bluescreen nights. They’ll only be able to do this if they meet their target of £1400 on, of which they’ve so far raised £1100 with until just 2.30pm on Friday to get the full pledge, else they risk losing the whole amount.

To make a pledge, visit the Crowdfunder page here.

Or, to donate directly to the Cube, go here.

Would you rather hear the truth or a story? – An interview with Emma Callander

Bristol, Performance, Theatre

The first production of The Sum, the new Bristol based theatre company, Banksy: The Room in the Elephant is set to return to Bristol over the weekend, with tickets free for under 21s on Friday.

Inspired by real events, the play is centred around Titus Coventry, an eccentric character made homeless after Banksy stencilled ‘THIS LOOKS A BIT LIKE AN ELEPHANT’ onto a water cooler, which served as a home for Titus, near L.A. Despite being in the limelight of the media, public, playwrights and a dubious firm which seized the property, Titus is finally telling his story.

Young Arnolfini spoke to the director, Emma Callander.

Yorgos Sapountzis Interview

Bristol, Other, Performance, sculpture

Prior to Young Arnolfini’s collaboration with Greek artist and performer Yorgos Sapountzis, Maz Shar spoke to him about his work. You can find a pullout of some of our work together in the YA zine, launching this Friday. (Click for info)


YA Zine Launch


Young Arnolfini have been busily preparing for the upcoming launch of our new arts magazine (or ‘Zine’.) The first issue will be spread around various arts venues in Bristol, but to get your copy first, head down to the Parlour Show Rooms on College Green on Friday 5th or Saturday 6th July to join us for our official launch party.


Our followers may have noticed that there has been a lack of regular content on the blog for the past few weeks. This is due to our preparations in writing and editing the zine to the best of our ability. Whilst some of us were scurrying around Bristol to various events, such as the first Jump Cut Film Festival, others have painted and illustrated pieces especially for the publication, with one collage exploring the apprehensive move from secondary school to college. Outside of Bristol, we have been in touch with musician Daniel O’ Sullivan and photographer Jak Flash.

Performing at the launch will be rap artist and YA member Maz Shar with Deep, Woodfield and Jon Basker. There will be refreshments and light drinks available. Saturday will feature a performance from the Whitechapel young peoples group Duchamp & Sons.

Here are some snippets from Issue #1, ‘Debut’ (click to enlarge):

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Echoing Footsteps: Nolan and Dickens

Books/Comics, Cinema, Literature

It is of much interest that the Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities had a pervasive influence on, among many other films, the biggest blockbuster of last summer: The Dark Knight Rises.


Sunday Roundup – Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Workshop

Bristol, Photography, Roundup, Theatre

As part of two spread out workshops involving young artists across Bristol, several members of Young Arnolfini are working with MShed to assist in curating the Taylor Wessing Portrait exhibition, opening to the public from 20th July to 3rd November.

Margarita Teichroeb
by Jordi Ruiz Cirera, 2011 © Jordi Ruiz Cirera


When tasked with arranging small print outs of the shortlisted portraits, it soon dawned on me how similar in nature film editing and curating are. Unless done arbitrarily, both involve the arrangement of images to create an additional meaning within the order. Both exploit the impulses of an audience’s natural eye, by trying to manipulate one’s attention to certain ideas, themes, stories or even colours, but at the same time rely on the audience to make their own choices and thus create their own personal interpretation. Both can be within a nonlinear space, whereby – as in the case at MShed – a zig-zagging wall divider can provide the possibility of unconventional ways of experiencing an exhibition, plus there is the chance to experiment with symmetry by presenting two contrasting images on either side of a wall. All of this surmounts to preparing signals which can potentially trigger an unconscious response from the audience, that will hopefully make them feel something and not leave them cold.

Here is my favourite of the photos on display. It was taken by Spencer Murphy and features the actor Mark Rylance who has lately had a play of his own shown at the Guthrie Theater. He’s won two Olivier Awards and two Tonys; here’s one of his bizarre acceptance speeches, in which he recites Walking Through A Wall by Louis Jenkins. Rylance doesn’t appear to be playing for laughs, but he gets them from an audience that sounds genuinely unsure how to act. He is an anti-Stratfordian and supposedly did a killer Hamlet.


Mark Rylance
by Spencer Murphy, 2012

Charlie CT:

I’m not going to say much about the workshop apart from that I can’t wait for the next one. I really enjoyed it and had loads of fun thinking about creative, fun and/or thought provoking ways to order and hang the photos in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. I have some photos from the workshop to give you an idea of what it was like.

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Second Chances

Bristol, Cinema

As part of the ongoing planning and construction of Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, Second Chances was a one off tour, produced by Knowle West Media Centre, exploring the past, present and future of Temple Quarter. Our group, Half Dog Ghost, so named after a self explanatory spirit which supposedly haunts John Lysaght’s final building, was led in part by local historian Mike Bone and Richard Headon.


Young Arnolfini @ BFI Film Academy Bristol

Bristol, Cinema

Beginning in late January, several members of Young Arnolfini have been involved with the BFI Film Academy Bristol, one of 24 regional academies established by the BFI as a way of providing filmmakers aged 16-19 an opportunity to expand their technical expertise, meet like-minded individuals and help produce their own short film by the end of it. What follows are some of our experiences.

Sunday Roundup – 05/05/13

Cinema, Roundup


One doesn’t get far when exploring world cinema before the name ‘Satyajit Ray’ pops up. In one of those remarkable uses of television as an archaeological device, Channel 4 has been screening Ray’s films at about 1am every morning from yesterday until Tuesday. It’s part of a celebration of Indian cinema, which is 100 years old this year. Personally, I have only seen his terrific debut film, Pather Panchali, and thus am very excited to discover more of his work.  He often took control over many aspects of his productions, from casting non-professionals to even designing the promotional material. Besides feature films, he also made shorts, documentaries, criticism, illustrations and authored his own series of children’s books.

Here is a photo of Ray at the Taj Mahal with his contemporaries, Michelangelo Antonioni and Akira Kurosawa:


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Though Artificial Eye have released four box sets of his work for about £20 a piece, his most famous work, the Apu Trilogy, can be found on YouTube. Channel 4 have chosen to broadcast some of his lesser known films: Charulata is on tonight at 12:40am, Nayuk at 1:05am Monday morning and finally Aguntak at 1:35am Tuesday. All are available in HD.

Here is an illustration of Charlie Chaplin by Ray:


Sunday Roundup – BABE 2013 Special

Bristol, Cinema, Literature, Printing, Roundup

Over this weekend, the Arnolfini has been host to Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE), a building-wide event involving over 80 Bristol based artist bookmakers, dealers and small presses. BABE 2013 also included performances, informal talks and a chance to talk to artists about their work. This week’s Sunday round-up is dedicated to books on art.



Starting in early September 2011, More4 screened Mark Cousins’s epic documentary The Story of Film in 15 one-hour segments. After watching just the first few episodes, getting my hands on his 2004 book which inspired the project became a priority. The film was extraordinary to watch, infusing a galactic affection for cinema with an alternative look at film history, focusing on innovation in content and form rather than box office. But the book was a tangible object, yet to say it was unputdownable would be a lie; in fact, I found myself finishing each chapter and then leaving it for a while, so I could watch as many films that interested me as possible. This took many months, many rented and bought DVDs, many illicit sources and many highlighters, but since discovering films like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Distant Voices Still Lives, as well as entire eras and countries totally below my radar, I soon found my appetite for cinema expanding on an ocean of light, at the behest of this book. It’s not just the scope of the book, it’s the amiable style as well (‘More poetry than prose,’) which drew me into the global search for creativity.

Whoever said never meet your heroes never met mine. In a talk at the Watershed, when I asked of the role of the filmmaker, Cousins quoted Bresson to me: ‘Make visible what, without you, might never have been seen,‘ words I still ponder in every one of my filmmaking experiences since. And again, during a Skype call with the BFI Film Academy Bristol, I left with recommendations to read Virginia Woolf & Jean Jacques Rousseau, and another quote: ‘Try to stay passionate, and leave your heart to the constellations.’ His towering art book has influenced me in my driving objective to know less and less about more and more, and I suppose it’s served like the pre-movie countdown leader you see sometimes – giving way to the bigger picture.

Charlie CT:

This weekend I had the fortune of stewarding at the Arnolfini for BABE Bristol Artists Book Event which happens every 2 years. This meant that I managed to immerse myself in the event and have a really good look at everything that’s down there. It was a crazy weekend but I really enjoyed it and got the same feeling from everyone else.

One thing in particular that caught my eye was a book by Francesca Phillips called White Monks: A Life In Shadows which is a photographic glimpse into the lives of monks who live in silence. The book itself is really nicely printed and bound in dark leather, it’s quite a special object that reflects it’s religious content almost feeling like a bible in some ways. A lot of the images in this book definitely resonate the feeling of silence and tranquility, weather it’s an image of day to day life or religious acts. Throughout the book there are images which have woodlands printed onto a heavy tracing paper and then layered over them, this is interesting in the way that by obscuring the image you pull out specific shapes within the photo.

Sadly I didn’t have the £500 to buy the book but it was a very elegant object which made me stop and want to learn more about it. Have a look at her website and the project and you will start to get a feel of what I’m talking about.

Thanks everyone at BABE for a great weekend!


Now this isn’t exactly a book but some illustrations I’ve really been interested have been Zen Pencils.