Singh Twins – ‘Making of Liverpool’ Premier

‘THE MAKING OF LIVERPOOL’, an Award winning animation film by The Singh Twins, is to have its UK Premier Public Screening at the Liverpool Philharmonic on the 3rd of February. It will be shown alongside Terence Davis’ BAFTA nominated ‘Of Time and The City’, in a double billing of what’s been described as ‘two of the most important Independent films to come out of Liverpool European Capital Year’.

An animation by The Singh Twins – Certificate U
Showing alongside Terence Davis’ Of Time and The City
Tuesday 3rd February – at 7.30pm
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tickets: £5.50 (£4.50) stalls, £6.50 (£5.50) boxes (concessions)
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This animation, which explores 800 years of Liverpool history and identity as well as The Singh Twins’ relationship with the city, was inspired by one of their most well known public commissions (titled, ‘Liverpool 800’) which is on permanent display at Liverpool St George’s Hall where it was officially unveiled to Prince Charles in 2007. Funded by Arts Council England, the film took just short of six months to produce and was an artists led initiative, written, directed, and produced by The Singh Twins who came up with the idea as a creative response to popular demand from visitor’s to St George’s Hall to know more about the painting’s content. The Singh Twins also wanted to explore new ways of sharing the painting (which details Liverpool’s fascinating past and its current status as a world class centre of diverse arts, culture and entertainment) with wider audiences at home and abroad and to create an ongoing legacy for the work, which would continue to showcase the city’s cultural diversity and creative talent well beyond Capital of Culture Year. Having worked with film before, the Twins decided that an animation would be the perfect medium for achieving that in a way that was both accessible and entertaining.

As artists who draw heavily on their own cultural background for inspiration and are always looking for new ways to profile diverse arts within the mainstream it was particularly important for the Singh Twins that the animation remain true to the traditional Indian miniature painting style for which they are known. At the same time ‘The Making of Liverpool’ was conceived from the start as project, which should highlight the region’s creative talent across the arts. As such the film was from the outset, devised as an artists’ collaboration involving 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’ personal connection with the city, and Liverpool born actor Mark MacGann who narrated the main soundtrack to the film which takes the form of a poem composed by the Twins. 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”.

The film has just been shortlisted for the London Tongues on Fire Short Film Competition and public screenings are now planned for elsewhere in Liverpool and around UK. The Singh Twins are also developing a fully illustrated book which will highlight the making of the film and a DVD of the project, which will not only target the general interest and tourist market but, the educational potential of the film.