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Adapted from one of the Bata Records
Available at the Bata Resource & Reminiscence Centre

A Festive Atmosphere

There's a very festive feel on the virtual Bata-ville bus this weeks ... as its long journey continues.

Thanks to all our fellow passengers who've posted news and Christmas wishes this week, it's been really nice to hear from everyone.

Mike Ostler is organising a screening of the film in Thurrock in the New Year ... which may be a good excuse for a Bata-ville get together? Plus we're going to be visited by Ray Bromley an (English) academic currently based in the States who's researching a book on Bata towns.

Meanwhile Karen and I have had some excellent news this week: from January you will be able to rent Bata-ville from the amazing LOVEFiLM DVD rental site. It seems the film is looking forward to a mainstream distribution future!

Sunny Southwold

On my way to the Kentwell re-enactment reunion ... But no trip to East Anglia is complete without having to check our Almanac time lapse cameras ... This time a pleasure as the one at the top of St Barnabus OAP home has been clicking away for 3 months ...

Photo: Tim Olden

Somewhere on TV

Now I am slightly nervous about drawing anyones attention to this (!) but we might be on the telly tonight, & perhaps (of course) looking like real twits ...

Whilst up at Grizedale over the summer Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall and the River Cottage crew, were filming a special programme around the Coniston Water Festival - which our It's a Lake District Knockout kicked off ...

Aside from having to let Hugh join in the tug-of-war (seen as the most 'suitable rural game' we played) the toast (pictured here) was all we, or the other guests, really saw of the man himself. However the crew did seem to be filming most of our event, so I'm intrigued to see how it comes out ... and how they explain that we were compering (then eating) dressed as Tudors!

Channel 4 20.00 - set your videos.

Just in time for Christmas ... the Bata-ville DVD!

The DVD is hard-cased and comes with three postcards of the Bata-ville bus destinations inside...extras include the cinema trailer and a directors' interview.

UK Customers:
You can buy a copy directly from this site at a special price of £15 (15 UKP) including UK post and packaging or £17 (17 UKP) for customers abroad.

We accept payment via paypal to email address: artists 'at' somewhere 'dot' org 'dot' uk

Email directors 'at' bata-ville 'dot' com for more details or just with your name and postal details!

Somewhere there's a graphic designer for somewhere!

We are currently looking for an inspired freelance designer to work with us on the (print-based) graphic identity of Somewhere.
We are keen to appoint someone interested in developing an ongoing working relationship with us as the role is likely to lead to further design opportunities with Somewhere. We already work in close collaboration with our programmer/designer Dorian Moore who developed the Somewhere site for us. We are now looking for someone to compliment this team with great graphic design skills and a real flair for print based media.

Initially we'd like to appointment someone for a fairly modest job: to design and oversee the production and delivery of a small range of printed communications materials (e.g. business cards, letterheads etc) for Somewhere.
The design aesthetic of the website will inform the project but the designer will be expected to bring fresh ideas to the table.

Person spec:
Highly-motivated, flexible and communicative
Commitment to engaging in a collaborative design process with Pope & Guthrie
Enthusiasm for articulating the philosophy and diversity of Somewhere's work through design
Experience of print design & delivery processes in their entirety
Attentive to detail and able to deliver to deadlines

Experience of working with visual artists and across print and digital media will be an advantage.

A total fee of £1600 is available for this design work incl. all expenses and print costs.

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend an informal interview in East London or Cumbria (Somewhere's two bases) according to their location, with examples of their work.

To apply:
Apply by emailing a brief CV, full contact info and a statement telling us why you would like to work for us, plus URLs / PDFs of previous work, to
Hard copies of examples of work may be provided, in which case 2 sets should be posted to:
Graphic designer post, Somewhere, J Gooding's Pie & Mash Shop, 257 Well Street, London E9 6RG

Deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday Dec. 1st
Interviews during week beginning Dec. 5th

Further info:
For further information on the post please email

40's documentation
Photo: Tim Olden

Nice Cardigans

It's all go for Somewhere ... Karen & Tim packed the car in London straight after 'discover digital' ended on Friday and I made my way slowly across the country from Cardiff where I'd been speaking at the 'may you live in interesting times' conference ... collected by the crew at Reading train station (!) we all made our way to Kentwell (Suffolk) for a weekend in 1942.

Meanwhile our new WVS cardigans were travelling from Scotland, hot off the knitting press of Karen's sister Alison ... they reached us Saturday morning and looked great!

Mr. Motivator

Yes it's Richard Jobson our inspirational host 4 the afternoon yesterday ... On our one week back to school 'discover digital' course ... More input in one week than three years at Edinburgh! 3 features in 3 years we'd follow him into the digital valley ... Ahoy ... Ahoy

East Tilbury - afraid of the future?
Photo: Nina Pope

Reminiscence Centre

When I give talks about our work people often ask if we keep in touch with people who are involved with our projects. Obviously this isn't always possible (or even desirable!) but in the main we do - in fact a large percentage of our 'audience' are people who we see as 'staying with Somewhere'.

This week I went out to East Tilbury for the Bata Resource and Reminiscence Centre open day. It's now almost 2 years since I first made this journey out along the Thames and I never get tired of it, it's a fascinating stretch of landscape and places. I wondered if I would be able to see any changes in East Tilbury since last year when we were filming the closing sequence for Bata-ville. As soon as I came out of the train station I saw this sign - it seems since we made the film the 'regeneration' of the town has crept closer as a real possibility and at least some of East Tilbury's inhabitants are becoming afraid of the future.

Once inside the BR&RC it seemed Fred (the centre's ever-energetic founder) was also thinking of the future ... A new visitor to the centre (who'd also travelled in to see the town & centre from London) brought with him an astounding album of 30s & 40s B&W postcards of Bata factories and towns from all around the world. Both of us were rather taken aback by the depth of the collection, as between us we've spent some hours combing ebay and alike for similar items. Unabashed in front of our new friend, Fred politely but seriously suggested that he might like to leave the collection to the centre in his will!

The sadness of editing

Nina & I have been esconced in one of our favourite conceptual and actual places recently- the video edit suite. We’re wrestling some footage of us re-enacting (for the 3rd year in a row) into submission for our project Sometime Later, with our editor of saintly patience, Doug. Luckily (for him) I am not able to be there every day, and so the stereo headphone-effect of Pope & Guthrie has a few days off. Interestingly, Nina and I seem to find it easier to agree in the writing and production stages of a film project than in the post-production. This first emerged when we split the editing of our 29 pilgrims in our ‘/broadcast/ project – two very different styles emerged, one lengthy and eliptical, one pithier and led by juxtaposition and unexpected humour. Interestingly I can’t remember whose was whose.
More interestingly, this tension - coupled with Doug’s comparitive ruthlessness (he’s from a TV background) – seems to produce results. It’s undoubtedly not the most time-efficient way of working - with its negotiation, occasional blind alleys and indulgences – and yet the work seems to thrive on this elasticity, to find its resting point.
Editing documentary footage – for me - is akin to sculpture, maybe carving in fact. It’s very intuitive, even for professionals like Doug it seems, although we can all rationalise why shots work the moment they do. With every cut there’s a poignancy as you lose unique moments, but then there’s a clarity emerging which is truthful I hope. I can’t imagine editing drama can be anything like as cathartic, where you have so few choices, driven by both the narrative and the available shots. But then I guess the ‘infinity element’ is there in the writing of drama and fiction, not in the edit. The opposite is true of the documentary.

Celebrities on Coniston
Our It's a Lake District Knock Out heads recycled

Big heads afloat

Not content with our 4 local celebrity effigies from It's a Lake District Knockout
appearing in the competition, they also appeared in last weekend's 'boatdressing' event at the Coniston Water Festival.
They were worn by a number of willing sailors, including Jenny Brownrigg (ex Grizedale Arts, now curator at Duncan of Jordanstone Uni) who made it across sans lifejacket as Beatrix Potter.
Word on the street (singular) in Coniston is that our event was a hit. I might even be asked back next year.

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