Floating Cinema ... excitement mounts

At last the new floating cinema has been towed from Chatham into Limehouse and then skippered up to our lovely mooring at QMW Mile End. Tonight I was onboard meeting some of the volunteers who will help to deliver this years programme. Still onboard were most of the project team (!) working hard into the night to get everything ship shape for tomorrow nights launch. Here you see Dorian testing the projector and Adam from Duggan Morris applying some sort of non-slip magic! No doubt Laura from UP, who for once wasn't there in person, is also still at the office. Our immense gratitude goes to both her and Emma Underhill the Director of UP projects for the opportunity to work together on the project again this year and their incredible tenacity at seeing the boat build through to launch - it's been a tricky journey but one they have handled with such grace and energy it's a great privilege to work with them.

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what a great launch evening - thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate!

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Win a Free Daytrip on the Floating Cinema - Enter our My East London competition

My East London is a chance to show-off a little and hone your presentation skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere aboard the FC on Sat, 24th August. So if you are an extra-ordinary East Londoner with a story to tell about his part of the world, upload a one-minute clip of yourself (for details follow link below) and you might be one of 12 people selected for this unique daytrip.

All the details on how to apply are here - deadline extended!

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Nearly there !

Very excited to see how much the new Floating Cinema has progressed in the last few days - here's a webcam image from it's nursery, the fabulous historic Turks boatyard.

Don't forget to check out this summer's events online as tickets go like hot cakes!

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The new Floating Cinema in progress

Haystacks ... with me?

Haystack 03 run by Kathrin Böhm is happening this Saturday ...

With artist/film-maker Nina Pope (That's me! - Somewhere, London) and
sociologist/garden activist Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen (Berlin).
On 6th July at 4 pm at Abbey Gardens on Bakers Row in Stratford (map).

In her book 'The Porridge Quarrel – Ecology and Gender in the History of Food Cultures' Elisabeth describes a number of emancipatory movements which have shaped
the way we eat and serve food collectively. From the shift of eating warm porridge to white bread, French post-revolutionary dinner tables, vegetarianism at the end of
the 19th century and a social history of public houses.

'What Will the Harvest Be' is a community harvest garden built on a formerly derelict site at Abbey Gardens in Newham. The influences behind the project relate back to the original Cistercian Abbey where monks used the land as a site of great productivity. The intriguing 'Plaistow Landgrabbers' also inspired the artists and provided the project title.

Elisabeth and Nina are going to informally talk about these different movements and histories and relate them to current community garden initiatives and politics.

Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen is a Berlin based social historian and garden activist.
Her research and writing includes gender studies with a focus on rural women and small holdings, food histories related to social and emancipatory movements, peasant movements and globalised agriculture. She is currently involved in the 'Allmende-Kontor' an urban gardening and networking project in Berlin.

Nina Pope together with Karen Guthrie are the artist/film-maker group Somewhere, who initiate and produce collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects. Following the initiative by the 'Friends of Abbey Gardens', to make the derelict site open for public use, 'Somewhere' as the invited artist team proposed a public-access 'harvest garden' of fruit, flowers and vegetables that literally anyone can use: 'What Will the Harvest Be'. The garden was launched in 2009 and is now run by the 'Friends of Abbey Gardens'.

Thank you to the 'Friends of Abbey Gardens' for being able to hosting Haystack 03 on their site.

Haystacks are monthly events to talk about rural practices, realities and links.

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Thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday - a very good way to spend a late afternoon in the shade on a sunny day.

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h-a-y-s-t-a-c-k-s at Abbey Gardens

Hot tickets for the Floating Cinema

Just to let you know that some of the events we've programmed for our rather fabulous Floating Cinema this summer are BOOKING NOW so take a look here if you fancy joining us.

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Docs in Progress with the new film

Just back from our alma mater Edinburgh College of Art, where we were invited to participate in Docs in Progress, a brilliant 'test' screening of one's rough cut film. We took a 20 min sequence from (working title) My Other Brother

The event is run by the Scottish Documentary Institute who have supported the project from the outset - thanks to everyone who attended and gave us invaluable feedback.


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Still by Nina Pope

Karen and her parents, Largs 2012

Slightly missing Jaywick

Re-watching Jaywick Escapes last week to check the sub-titles for the soon-to-be-released DVD (honest!) I found myself rather missing it ... The admin of sorting out the production has been made very worth while by the lovely quotes we've been sent about the film ...

This from Bob Stanley
"Piquant but unsentimental, an unforgettable snapshot of a forgotten town"

and from Michael Smith
"Jaywick embodies a certain kind of hand-made, rough’n’tumble yearning for utopia, in the last place you might expect to find it - the frayed edges of the Essex coast, a place government statistics tell us is the most deprived in the country, and the Daily Mail would have us believe exemplifies Broken Britain... this film is a fresh and tender look at the town, and at the lost people who are drawn to this strange and sometimes magical place at the ends of England..."

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Docs in Progress - scary in a good way

Tomorrow, Wed. 19th June, we take part in the Scottish Documentary Institute's Docs in Progress programme, screening a 20 minute roughcut segment of Karen's family film, current working title My Other Brother, to a great panel of documentarians and a peer audience for feedback.

And it takes place in our old art school Edinburgh College of Art so it'll be nice to smell oilpaint and turps again....

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Jaywick Escapes - DVD / Download release

Soon after our next London screening (Open City Docs Fest, Thurs. June 20th, 12.30, Bloomsbury Theatre), Jaywick Escapes (our third film) will be available on DVD and to Download / Stream.

Remember if you want to be first to hear about how you can get hold of the DVD / DoD then join our Mailing List and come along and Like the film on Facebook too here.

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Jaywick Escapes production still

Abbey Gardens Vintage Summer Party this weekend

Saturday 8 June 2pm-5pm: a free event for all ages

Join us for some vintage Summer fun:

Hear about our history
Join a history walk around the neighbourhood
Enter our Victoria Sponge competition
‘Where did you get that hat?’ workshop for children
Story corner with our older gardeners
Collecting our garden’s history – gathering stories
of when gardeners and friends first discovered the garden
Have your portrait drawn as a character from our local history
Enjoy a lunch of traditional dishes from our communities
Live folk music from Theo Bard
Plant history tour with garden club leader Hamish
Goodies on the honesty stall
Visit our tea stall for tea, coffee and home made cake

All activities are free. Tea, cake, lunch and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden. Cake competition entries are to be prepared in advance and brought to the garden on the day.

We are also welcoming visitors as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend 10am-5pm
and we are part of the 2013 Chelsea Fringe: Plant history tour starts 2.15pm

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