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Now we are 10 ...

For those who came along to help Karen and I celebrate 10 years of Somewhere ... We've finally managed to put some of Jet's great photos from the evening up on line ... follow this link to see yourselves!

Thanks to Jet and Anat for documenting the evening


"It's all printmaking in the end you know Nina"
Karen Guthrie

Come on in the Lake's lovely (honest)

Pope & Guthrie's It's a Lake District Knock Out takes place this Sunday here in Coniston and here you see us descending into the enjoyable madness of prop production ...

... And if you think the Peter Rabbits look good wait until you see the daffodils and the super scary version of Ruskin that arrived today in the form of a giant mascot head.

It's been a long time since we've messed about with stencils and spray paint and I must say it's made for a much-needed change from the admin overload representative of Somewhere activities of late!

10 years of tea & cake with Somewhere ...

Hot in Hackney

Just about recovering from the Bata-ville launch and Somewhere party ...

Thanks to everyone who came along to help us celebrate + stuck out the extraordinary pre-thunder-storm Hackney Empire temperature high! It was REALLY nice to see so many friends from projects old and new.

Special mention to Dorian and Tim for their time on the decks (we particularly enjoyed the Sounds of Somewhere and the Somewhere-specific samples boys) and of course thanks to Illumina (especially for the Booze!) and Commissions East for co-hosting the event.

More glamorous photos to follow from Jet ...

Party bag anyone?
Photo: Tim Olden

10 years with somewhere ....

Or no sleep 'til the Hackney Empire ...

Only one more night to go until our 10th birthday party and the London launch of Bata-ville. The London Somewhere base is a whirl of last minute neurotic activity as each person concentrates on their own personal obsession ... Tim is (obviously) mixing the sounds of Somewhere, I have been making cakes in the shape of the number 10 and randomly printing out stickers for each of our projects + Karen is working on the ultimate Somewhere slide show, all to the sound track of an on-going argument about the nature of tunes a mixed crowd of Somewhere collaborators will dance to.

Seen here joined by Lizzy Hobbs for last night's marathon party bag production line ...

It's a Lake District Knockout
Beatrix Potter never looked so scary

Nina Pope - Birthday Girl!

As Nina (I hope) celebrates her birthday in fine style I am waiting for 80's pop star Jesse Rae to stop footering with his ISDN radio station in my barn, so I can have dinner!
He (like us) is doing a project for the upcoming Grizedale Arts Coniston Water Festival here in Cumbria, involving yet more broadband to our mountain - s'thing to do with ISDN and radio being inextricably sadly BT have cleaned up once more here.
I've added a new pic of our mascot heads, for our It's a Lake District Knockout project here - I think they might be Wainright and Beatrix Potter, and I have to say I'm rather chuffed with them - apparently the sculptor is art-school trained (they tell me)....The company we have commissioned were impressed with my guide sketches of the 4 mascots - until, that is, I told them that I to went to art school. I think they were then slightly disappointed.
Tomorrow I design some props for the games - I am particularly looking forward to the clapometer....

Lizzy with East Tilbury children at the start of the Bata-ville animation project
Photo: Nina Pope

Congratulations ... !

Well done to Elizabeth Hobbs (friend and sometime Somewhere collaborator) on winning The McLaren Award for New British Animation at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Where our new friends from Tsotsi took not only the Audience Award but also The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film.

I think that her film The True Story Sawney Beane is the best to date ... here on Somewhere you can watch the animation that she made for the first stage of the Bata-ville project (follow the 'try and do' and 'education' links)- inspired by stories we'd heard from children taken in a Bata plane to Switzerland and made entirely with shoe laces!

Photo: Tim Olden with my mobile

Maddening Mobile ...

I love this image from my new mobile ... which is more than can be generally said for the flipping new phone at present! Despite almost a week of faffing about in between films in Edinburgh I failed to get the damn thing set up to send messages direct to our Blog from 1569. This resulted in a rather shaming loss of temper and face just prior to departure when the news of a delayed 'sim card switch' nearly tipped me over the edge. Still between Dorian and I we're determined to beat it by the next 1942 visit!

If you want to receive multi-media messages from the past direct to your mobile email us with your name and number and we'll add you to the list ...

Somewhere the film crew
Photo: Tim Olden with my mobile

Tudor-looking crew?

We're just back from 1569 ... seen here posing for a pin-hole photo with our great film crew John Podpadec and Paul Baker - it seems even a bus trip to the Czech Republic with us hasn't been enough to put them off time travel with Pope & Guthrie.

Behind the camera are Tim Olden and Jane Miller + lots of Tudor children!

See the Sometime Later Blog for building news of how we got on ...

Over excited infront of our poster in the film house
Photo: Tim Olden

DOP dinner

Just back from EIFF ... where things really started to ramp up towards the end of our stay! Having found it difficult to meet folk at the start by the end we were finding it hard to find time to watch films ...

We enjoyed a particularly surreal 'directors' dinner with a mixed bag of foreign film makers and producers, the charming Festival director Shane Danielsen ("no I REALLY liked your uniforms") and an elderly gentleman with, initially, a mystery identity. Karen and I arrived early for the meal to find him as the only other guest, we warmly introduced ourselves but he failed to mention his name. Now this being the festival it was pretty obvious he was a cinema hero the question was which one! Both of us fished about until Karen took the bull by the horns and asked his name ... it turned out to be Jack Cardiff the DOP for many classics including the Red Shoes and A Matter of Life and Death. His recollections, jumbled in with the multi-lingual-babble about lots of films we hadn't seen made for a really confusing but enjoyable evening. The team from Tsotsi were our favourites ... sadly their final screening was on at the same time as ours but we wish them well for the audience awards, unlikely as they are to topple the mighty "Buffy-fan" votes for Serenity.

School gym disco anyone?

Wanted Film Festival Friends ...

Well we're finally here at the Edinburgh Film Festival and loving every minute of it ... and we did manage to find a party - which of course wasn't as wild and exciting as I'd dreamed! As it was the launch of a film we'd actually failed to see, that may have taken the edge off it. The fact that the DJ (Pam Hogg for any fellow ex-ECA graduates) only played music from 1979 must have had some thematic link but there is a limit to how many times you can dance to Blondie ... didn't stop some people though! I did see 'Archie' from Monarch of the Glenn though - one of my top-favorite shite TV escapes, so can't really complain.

Film wise it's pretty intense - started yesterday with new UK Dogma GYPO at 9.00 am (we're committed + it was great) and rounded off with the truely creepy Danish 'Morke' which was fantastic and had me (at least) on the edge of my seat.

Our own screening was pretty full and the next is sold out ... now we just have to meet some people ...