20 Feb 2017

Call out: where would you set a sci-fi film in Hull?

Nominate your favourite places in Hull for a futuristic City of Culture project.

Hull can look pretty futuristic when it wants to. Whether it’s the angular beauty of The Deep, the quiet movement of the Scale Lane Bridge or even the fading grandeur of the Lord Line building, there are sci-fi locations everywhere you look.

But if you were going to film a sci-fi movie in Hull, where would you set it?

That’s what Blast Theory want to find out, the interactive artists behind 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, a joint commission by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Aarhus European Capital of Culture.

They’re asking for suggestions of places and spaces that they can use on film in their futuristic reimagining of the city. What are the places that mean the most to you, and that you’d like to see still standing in 2097? Which buildings should be transformed, and how?

Post your photos and suggestions to social media using #Its2097, by getting in touch with Hull 2017 on Facebook or Twitter, or by contacting Blast Theory directly at hello@wemadeourselvesover.com or 01273 413455 before Friday 31 March.

Blast Theory will begin shooting the films at the chosen locations around the city during the summer, working with a visual effects team to create a science fiction world that transports viewers into the future. These films will then form part of a series of public events online and around the city later this year.

Nick Tandavanitj from Blast Theory explains: “The city is full of unusual nooks that could be brilliant locations for a film. We’d love people to send us photos of odd corners of the city that we wouldn’t have spotted otherwise. It doesn’t have to be futuristic. It could be an unsung landmark or somewhere that they pass every day. If you notice something – send us a photo!”

Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017, added: “Hull has played a starring role in many films and TV programmes, thanks to its stunning architecture and history. But now we want the people of Hull to think about how the city’s architecture will look in the future. We’ve had Favourite Sounds of Hull, now we want you to tell us about your favourite places. It could be somewhere you grew up, studied, worked, fell in love –anywhere you think would make a great setting for a futuristic film.”

Rich Wilson who founded One Hull of a City, the local group that celebrates the weird, wonderful and quirky culture of Hull, says: “It is the brutalist architecture of the Wilberforce Building that I love. How it represents the stylistic arc of a utopian vision of the future in the 60s and 70s, yet by the 80s, 90s and beyond much of brutalism has become the by-word for dereliction and dystopia. Whereas the Wilberforce Building being on a university campus somehow sits outside of that narrative, but still elicits love/hate reactions.

“What I love most about the building is the shuttering in the curving stairwells. The impressions of the wood grain from the moulds suspended forever in concrete.”

Find out more about 2097: We Made Ourselves Over at www.wemadeourselvesover.com. Make sure you check out their interviews with ‘future experts’ while you’re there, featuring specialists in the fields of climate change, technology, community and economics. These interviews explore the opportunities and challenges we might face in the future here in Hull, as well as those facing the Danish city of Aarhus, the European Capital of Culture 2017.

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