- a SOMEWHERE film
- produced and directed by KAREN GUTHRIE & NINA POPE
- executive producer MARC ISAACS
- camera NINA POPE & JOHN PODPADEC
- sound KAREN GUTHRIE & PAUL BAKER
- assistant producer LISA JAMES
- original score TIM OLDEN
Despite being officially Britain's most deprived place, Jaywick promises a fresh start with sea views at bargain rents, just a stone's throw from London.
This film follows the lives of three Jaywick newcomers, drifters
whose reasons to escape here are revealed across a year. At its
heart is Nick, a reformed wide boy. Recently
widowed, he fulfils a long-held dream of moving to Jaywick,
throwing himself into a new life.
But before long, and as they have for the town itself, things seem to go very wrong.
Watch this space for news of future screenings
Wed. 23rd Jan. 2013 - 7pm, Dana Centre, Science Museum, London
Jaywick Escapes premiered at the wonderful Sheffield Doc / Fest 2012 on the 13th & 14th of June.
Shortly afterwards the London premiere at the East End Film Festival sold out, as did the next screening at the Hackney Picture House. Closer to 'home', the film recently opened the Colchester Film Festival as the gala premiere.
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Directors Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie came to this little-known corner of the Essex coast by chance several years before embarking on the film. A friend was working with Jaywick Martello Tower, a quirky 18th century fort on the edge of the town, recently restored as an arts venue. Somewhere (Karen & Nina's company) eventually put on an exhibition at the Tower, along the way finding out enough about the town and its inhabitants to want to go a lot deeper and to make their third film there.
You can read more about the making of the film and future screenings in our blog below.
Jaywick Escapes is British producer / director Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope's third documentary film, following Bata-ville: we are not afraid of the future (2005) and Living with the Tudors (2008). Shot and recorded chiefly by the directors themselves from 2009 -11, many of their long-term collaborators such as composer Tim Olden, camera operator John Podpadec and sound recordist Paul Baker also joined them on Jaywick Escapes.
You can read the film-makers' full biography on the Somewhere website.
After a quiet winter (well, it's the seaside after all) Jaywick Escapes has a new summer screening confirmed as part of the fantastic Open City Docs Fest in central London.
Jaywick Escapes Screening
Thur 20 June / 12:30
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H
A FREE upcoming
screening is being held on Wednesday 23 January 2013,
19:00 - 21:00
Dana Centre, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London
Co-director Nina Pope will take part after the screening in a talk with expert Paula Orr, on the social effects of climate change.
Meanwhile back in Essex, we were rather honoured to be Colchester Film Festival's
Gala opening film yesterday evening, at First Site
in Colchester, who have themselves really supported us.
A nice blog review makes me very proud:
"The damaging headlines of recent years have hurt the town without offering any solutions. The fight back starts here with Jaywick Escapes"
After our sell out screening at the East End Film Festival we're delighted to annouce there will be another screening close to Somewhere home at our favourite local cinema - Hackney Picture House. It will be at 14.00 on Sunday the 23rd of September. Book now to avoid disappointment! There's currently only 20 tickets left.
Thanks so much to everyone who came along to our sell-out London Premiere at the East End Film Festival. Fantastic to watch the film with a full house. Thanks also to the lovely Bob Stanley who hosted our Q&A.
As you can see from this pic. we went on to celebrate - Here I am with Nick (the protagonist of the film) and his son, who we met for the first time. I always find it interesting to hear what people make of the film - but especially those who have been closely involved with it or the people in it. I enjoyed a great chat with Nick's son about Jaywick and the film.
The screenings are generating lots of interest in Jaywick itself which is wonderful. Today there's an article in the Independent which you can read here. For those disappointed not to have got a ticket last week, sign up for our mailing list and we will update you with news of more screening dates ASAP.
I'm afraid it's tough luck if you didn't book ahead, rather excitingly we are sold out for our London premiere this Thursday July 5 at the East End Film Festival
Of our (almost) complete installation based on Jaywick Escapes at the Science Museum!
Thanks to Ruth Fenton for all her help and the in progress photo. For those interested in the facinating history of Jaywick we are showing some unique materials from The Stedman Collection relating to the early years of Jaywick Sands resort and local flooding. Big thanks to Clacton and District Local History Society for loaning these.
Written & performed by Roads to Siam
(Terry Nelson, Chris Grove, Mark Guthrie, Sean Guthrie)
Engineered by Jamie Savage & Recorded at Chem19, Hamilton
Written & performed by Trim
© Javan St Prix
Courtesy of Javan St Prix