It’s all quiet. Nothing happening here. Then a sudden burst of energy that carries through a day, a week or longer. But a deep low follows. What brings it on ? Probably a number of things but in 2013 I was in a high/low that lasted for most of the year.
I was making a documentary about Eileen O’Shaughnessy, to cut a long story short Eileen was born in South Shields and was George Orwells first wife. Research and filming were going really well with one lead connecting to another. When filming around the country even delays and cancellations on the trains weren’t too bad. On long train journeys random thoughts and memories would pop in. The notebook come out. New page.
Whenever 80s Everton and Republic of Ireland footballer Kevin Sheedy was mentioned, football commentators and pundits would talk about his cultured left foot. And what is the best Girls Aloud song ? Is it Call the Shots with the lyric ‘Full of twilight, dreams that glitter’ or Untouchable with the line ’Like beautiful robots dancing alone’.
Go on have a listen. It’s neck and neck. Looking back through my 2013 diary I worked on a number of different projects. During Spring I was working on ‘Wildflower’. I was also editing ’Tyne Harbour’ and had a couple of meetings in April for a new project. Late May through to June were busy producing ‘Lizards’. There was a visit to Greystone House near Stockton where Eileen and Orwell lived for a short time, so piecing that together. During July 1977 three big events happened in Shields and somewhere I must have seen a newspaper cutting about one or all of them. King, Queen, Punk. It stuck.
Then on the 8th of August I walked into Inkredible Ink (now Body Art) in South Shields. The Tattoo studio run by artist Neil Simms and we arranged some filming. Below is some diary entries from August until late October including dates of screenings. ’The King, The Queen & The Punk’ originally called ‘1977’ was finally edited by early November and by the end of the month final work on ‘Wildflower’ was done.
15th 10.30am Neil Simms filming at Inkredible Ink
16th 10am Neil Newton interview/camera for Designs for Life
20th 11am Darren int. House of Ink
24th 4pm Angus McDonald int. Designs for Life
September 2nd 1pm Gav Gray int. Designs for Life
7th – 11th edit Designs for Life
12th 2pm screen Tyne Harbour & Tyne Stories Library Theatre, S/S
13th 11am screen Vanished & Tyne Dock Borders at The Customs House, S/S.
16th 7pm Colin Smoult, narration Designs for Life
17th 2pm Decca Wade int. 1977
20th 10am Neil Newton int. 1977
20th 2pm Mond Cowie int. 1977
28th 10am Caroline Vincent int. Designs for Life
29th 10am Derek Cajiao int. Sea Hotel, 1977
30th 1pm Mensi int. Alexander Hotel 1977
October 1st 1.30pm Pat Robinson int. Whitburn 1977
2nd 2pm screen Lizards & Tyne Harbour at Central Library
3rd 2pm Richard Barber int. Bents Park Cabin 1977
14th Neil Simms artwork for Designs for Life
17th 10am Valonia Tattoo int. Frederick St Designs for Life
19th 11am screen On the Front Line & Jarrow Voices at Armstrong Hall, S/S
The quiet lasted through a cold winter until a new idea popped in. Said hello. And here we go again.
Gary Alikivi October 2018
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