With UATSC receiving a second chance at the coming weekend – enthusiastically billed as “World Premiere” by Newcastle International Film Festival
*ahem* hello? The first ever showing and hence the world premiere of Urban took place two and a half years ago in Leeds, if you please. I know, because I was there… – all my hopes and best wishes are currently reserved for the film makers and actors. It’s a deserving project, focussing on the lives of a group of street kids in Leeds in the 1990s, based on a book by Bernard Hare about his own story as a social worker helping this particular group of kids. His character, called Chop in the film, and played by Richard Armitage, is one of those ordinary heroes who are actually not-so-ordinary at all. With the film regrettably never seeing a subsequent release until now, Chop never made it big in my shrine work. He has only turned up once in a shrine dedicated only to himself. But now is the time to celebrate the film and wish all those involved in it best of luck: Your movie deserves to be seen – I hope it will be picked up and distributed widely.
I hadn’t planned on creating a shrine on this occasion. In fact, I was preparing for a different shrine project when into my mind popped Chop, a compassionate everyman, who made a difference to the lives of a group of kids. It was sparked by an e-mail from a fellow fan who wondered how she could help with the promotion of the film. As fans, we are limited in our reach
unless we have top notch contacts in the film business, I guess. Discussing the film on social media may be one way of driving engagement. Buying merchandise generates revenues that go directly into the film makers’ pockets, writing to cinemas and media companies to request showing the film gets the word out there. For my own fun, I also like to mark a chaRActer or a project by creating a shrine – that’s my very own, individual engagement with the character, the topic, the film, and in this case also the occasion of a second-chance-release. I haven’t quite figured out yet what to do with the shrine – raffle? Authoritarian gift? Auction for a good cause (in this case Action for Children)? Even if not everyone has seen the film yet, the RAPS may still be interesting for anyone who likes RA – despite the little, removable reference to Newcastle:
Normal mint tin size (6 x 9.5cm), but this time with a ready-made design on both the lid and the bottom. Floating on the clouds?
A tribute to Chop. No ordinary angel indeed – with demons and faults of his own. But that’s what makes him human. Especially when wet…
Looks familiar? You must be an art buff… For comparison:
Chop from his best side.
I’m lighting a candle to the one person who cares. And another to make a wish: Fingers crossed the film receives a great reception at Newcastle International Film Festival – and goes on to general release for *everyone* to see.
The Newcastle scroll is removable and can be kept inside the tin, or thrown away, depending on whether this RAPS goes to a Newcastle attendee or someone who didn’t attend the event.
Leave me a comment what you think I should do with this shrine. And keep your fingers crossed for the film at the festival – and for our fandom friends who are travelling to Newcastle to attend the various events.