Participate in Recycled Silent Movie Project

The Recycled Silent Movie Project is part of Hat Fair’s Celebrating Age project, a two-year programme of arts activity for, with and about older people.

Hat Fair are delivering three projects exploring the realities of life as an older person in the UK which, through theatre and film, celebrate positive images of older people.

Hat Fair and The Core at Corby Cube are working in partnership on this project and they’re interested in cultivating relationships between these two contrasting places, and enabling older people from both areas to swap stories and collaborate creatively.

In 2017, they completed a successful rural tour of Hat Fair and Flintlock Theatre’s production of Four Score Years and Ten, an immersive verbatim theatre piece based on the lives of six local 90 year olds from Winchester.

Alongside the tour, Hat Fair began their Living Portraits project, an inter-generational participation project with local young people and older participants. They made 16 celebratory portraits of the older residents of Winchester and Corby that were inspired by their life, home environment and experiences. These were exhibited as part of last year’s Woolly Hat Fair, Hat Fair 2018 and our Grow Festival in Corby.

They now have more ambitious activity in Autumn 2018 with a project to create a brand new piece of work with older people.

The final outcome will be a new short film (approximately 18-20 minutes), made from recycled footage taken from the Hampshire Records Office and Corby Borough Council’s Heritage Collection. New footage will also be taken of participants in workshops and discussions. The film will be captured by SDNA and will be combined with a new musical composition by composer and film pianist Jonathan Best. Jonathan will work with local young musicians who will help curate the overture.

They are inviting older people (60+) from across Northamptonshire to participate in this project. The older people will become artistic collaborators as they bring stories to the film through a series of workshops with professional filmmakers, composer and historians.

The film will then be available in each city’s sound and film archive and on partner websites.

This project is funded by the Arts Council England and Baring Foundation Celebrating Age grant.

You will need to be available for four sessions:

  • Tuesday 2nd October, 1-4pm, The Core at Corby Cube – Reminiscence Workshop
  • Monday 8th October, 2-4pm – Corby Heritage Collection – Oral history and tour of the archives
  • Tuesday 16th October, 1-4pm, The Core at Corby Cube – Creation of a giftbox for the other town (This session will be filmed)
  • Tuesday 30th October, 1-4pm, The Core at Corby Cube – Discovering Winchester and it’s residents through their giftbox (This session will be filmed)

By signing up to this project, you will have unique access to the following:

  • Meet and Greet with other local older people from around the county
  • Subsidised or free transport to attend the workshops, filming and showcase
  • Invitation to the live showcases of your film and exhibition of resonant items in December, reaching an audience of thousands

Register Your Interest

If you have any questions about the project or to sign up please contact:

Amy Pendry, Hat Fair Engagement Producer at

Download a registration form here

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