The song ‘A Place They Called Forgotten Town’ is a musical and lyrical reworking by Hull-born Henry Priestman of his late 1980’s chart hit ‘Forgotten Town’ by The Christians which was written about the state of the country at the time (the North especially), which particularly affected his home town.
Produced by Hull-based Humber Film (www.humberfilm.com) the music video will feature more than 20 Hull community groups, many of which will be among the 350-strong singers and musicians performing at Stage@TheDock, next to C4DI.
Lead vocals, already recorded at Fruit Trade Music, are Martin Clappison and Emma Fee of The Mighty and the Moon. Emma is also part of The Happy Endings.
Humber Film strategic manager Malcolm Joslin said:
“The video is a vivid and memorable portrayal of Hull as a community of optimism and renewal, marking its shift from a ‘Forgotten Town’ to a city that is becoming a top attraction in the UK.
“Hull becoming the UK City of Culture is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people of the city to stand up and show the full range of their abilities to the world, including the artists and community groups involved in this amazing project for the Creative Communities Programme.”
Music for the filming on Sunday, which will form part of the final video, has been organised in conjunction with another local arts and culture business, Culture:Music (www.culturemusichull.co.uk).
The final music video will be released in mid-to-late February and shown in three different venues in the city and then made available online and through social media.
Creative leads at Humber Film include Peter Hadfield of Land of Green Ginger Design, Paul Leeson-Taylor of Mindmap Productions, Phil Codd of Mollusc Films and Alex Twiston-Davies of ATD Animations.
Comprising more than 50 filmmaker members from the region, Humber Film (www.humberfilm.com) is a not-for-profit organisation situated on the 3rd floor above Kardomah 94 in central Hull.
Community groups featured in the video include: Danny’s Dream (disabled respite); HANA (All Nations), including Amazing Grace (Church), Igbo Community (Nigerian Community) and the Indian Community; Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group; Greatfield Big Local (community group); Child Dynamix (Childrens’ nursery); Hull CVS (supporting 16-18 year old carers); Unity in Community (55+ year olds at Endyke Community Centre) and Maxlife (youth 10-14 year old group on Holderness Road).