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The Haverhill audience - 99% Tudors?

Tudor Screening

We had a great turn out from Kentwell last week, for our special screening of Living with the Tudors, so much so that the 'regular' audience members are virtually invisible! The manager of the cinema was very excited to see a mid week queue of Tudors stretching out down the block.

It felt great to finally show the film to a big group of participants from the re-creation, and a really interesting Q&A followed the screening. Questions touched on what our expectations had been, why we didn't show more 'non-gentry' characters and how we ultimately felt about the bad feeling the filming caused with some participants at the time.

Karen and I were too nervous to sit through the actual showing and went for the obligatory Somewhere regional curry. Fortunately we returned to the sound of much applause for the film as the credits rolled and there seemed to be a general good vibe to the evening. Of course some might argue that it's impossible to expect that everyone involved in making a film might like it - but of course it doesn't stop you hoping that this might be the case. I think the poor distribution manager from Soda pictures had certainly had enough of hearing about the Tudors by the time we let him back out of the car in Hackney.

Yeehaw - SXSW 2008 here we come!

We're thrilled that the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas has accepted Living with the Tudors for its international premiere in March 2008!
We had a great time there with Bata-ville in 2006 so really look forward to revisiting....

Roads to Siam
rockin' Tudor stylee

Now I'm REALLY with the band

A few pics from the latest Somewhere recording session, this time for our film 'Living with the Tudors' - we got most of the Bata-ville band back together to record some tracks for Tim Olden's soundtrack. They were given the tricky job of replacing two tracks we had used to placehold in the film while we cut - The Shirelles ' Going to the Chapel' and something dark by Sonic Youth - with something appropriate yet slightly Tudor-y. Undeterred by this ludicrous proposal, we spent what was for me an elucidating weekend sprinting through three tracks with sound engineer Kenny MacLeod who also works at the CCA, so knew both how to get some sense out of both musicians and artists.
'Roads to Siam' are mostly my two brothers Mark & Sean, with Chris Grove and Terry Nelson. We recorded at Chem19 studios outside Glasgow where I was secretly thrilled to read that Teenage Fanclub and Malcolm Middleton had also recorded. We were later joined by the lovely Gaelic choristers (pictured) Emma Deans, Rachael Deans & Kirsty Paterson for some high-pitched la-la ing which I ineptly directed and joined in on, rather flatly I fear.
Thanks to everyone for their work....

the Tudor...

The football doesn't feature much ...

... in the Kentwell world of Tudors, where we've now been for about 10 days, trying to both take part (as usual) and film (not as usual!) Here you see Karen reaching a new re-enactment high ... or low depending on how you view it ... as she finally cracks and goes to the pub in Long Melford in full tudor gear, unable to face another wrestle with that lacing and gown in the rather small 'timelock' between 1578 and 2006 - a space we have become all too familiar with.

10 more days to go & I might have to burn my kirtle at the end, much as I love it, this summer weather is not suited to wearing wool no matter how many Tudors tell you it is!

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 ...