A short film made to celebrate 20 years of Knowle West Media Centre. Focusing on its origins as a photography project in a small darkroom back in 1996, the film traces the development of an organization alongside the development of the individuals and community involved.
I first began working on this film back in 2008 when the new KWMC building had recently opened, so the piece itself has had an incredibly long germinating time. I loved the research element – lots of rummaging through boxes of old photographs and interviewing members of staff who were there in the early days. I bought some of the original documents and images to life with some old school, stop frame animation, to create a film with an anachronistic feel that looks both into the past and towards the future. The project stayed on the back burner for almost 8 years, until it was a bit of an archive itself! At this point it seemed appropriate to dig out the Final Cut files and get it finished for the KWMC 20 year celebration in November 2016.
“The projects that had started were getting bigger, and there were more and more young people coming in to the building and more and more people from the community coming in” Tanya Hazell
“I don’t feel like regeneration is about the buildings, it’s about the people” Terri-Ann McInley