SINGH TWINS RECEIVE AWARDS AT THE 2008 HOLLYWOOD SPINNING WHEEL FILM FESTIVAL.
Internationally acclaimed, North West based artists Amrit and Rabindra, otherwise known as The Singh Twins, have recently returned home from Hollywood with two Awards – ‘The Heritage Award’ for outstanding contribution to the arts and ‘The Creative Media Award’ for filmmakers which they received for an Arts Council England Funded animation they produced earlier this year, titled ‘The Making of Liverpool’. Both Awards, were bestowed on the Twins by The Spinning Wheel Film and Art Festival – a three day, red carpet event hosted at the prestigious Writers Guild Association Theatre in the heart of Beverly Hills.
Since its Private View Press Launch at Liverpool FACT last August, ‘The Making of Liverpool’ has begun its rounds of International film festivals from Washington to Toronto. The Hollywood festival is its most recent public screening and was described at the gala opening by one of Hollywood’s two-time Oscar Winning editors as “brilliant”.
The film, which is based on one of the Singh Twins’ paintings, titled ‘Liverpool 800’, was Written, Directed and Produced by them as an independent artist led collaboration involving other creative talent from the North West. Amongst them, Andy Cooper and his highly skilled team of animators at Liverpool’s Sparkle Media, Wirral based singer songwriter Steve Mason whose song, ‘City With Wings’ plays an important role in the final sequence of the animation that explores The Singh Twins’ artistic connection with the city, and Liverpool born actor Mark MacGann who provided the narration for the main soundtrack which takes the form of a poem. The result is a unique example of ‘Art in Motion’, that crosses over the traditional boundaries between documentary and art. The Singh Twins describe one of the most positive things to have come out of the project as being their experience of working with other artists and the establishment of creative partnerships that will continue into the future.
Submissions to global film festivals will continue over the next year, whilst closer to home, public screenings are planned for Liverpool and elsewhere in UK. The Singh Twins also hope to develop a fully illustrated book, which shows the making of the film and a DVD of the project, aimed not only at the general public interest and tourist market but, the educational potential of the film.
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