May 23 2015 Latest news:
By Liz Coates
Friday, May 9, 2014
No visit to the coast would be complete without poking your head through a seaside cut-out and posing for pictures.
And next month visitors to Great Yarmouth will be able to frame themselves as something other than a bawdy blonde or dozy donkey as part of the town’s arts festival.
Students at Great Yarmouth College are busy putting the finishing touches to a dozen colourful cut-outs giving visitors the chance to ‘become’ Rambo, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn or Conan the Destroyer among a host of others.
The movie posters with a difference all relate to one of the greatest Hollywood cinematographers and directors of all time - double Oscar winning Jack Cardiff who was born in the town 100 years ago.
He is famed for his dazzling work on such classics as A Matter of Life and Death (1946), The Red Shoes (1948), The African Queen (1951), and Black Narcissus (1947) for which he won his first Oscar.
And now festival organisers are staging a raft of events to mark the centenary of his birth to theatrical parents who performed at various venues around the town.
Film-maker Matthew Harrison who is behind the Cardiff element of the ten-day festival said he was stunned that Yarmouth was rightly able to claim Cardiff as one its most successful sons.
A pioneer of Technicolor, his artist’s eye for colour and composition won him numerous accolades and the adulation of some of the most famous faces ever to grace the silver screen.
Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren as well as Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier he would sometimes snap spectacular portraits in his lunch hour - some of which will be on show.
With the co-operation of Cardiff’s family including wife Niki, Mr Harrison is aiming to display memorabilia from his life including his Oscars, photographs he took on set, original paintings and possibly even the red shoes from the famous film.
A blue plaque will mark the site where his house once stood in Standard Place.
The festival’s busy programme spanning a range of disciplines will include free screenings of Mr Cardiff’s films and talks about the legend, hopefully acting as a springboard for a new film club at St George’s Theatre.
The Cardiff centenary celebrations have been funded by a £7,000 lottery grant.
Mr Harrison said: “He was proud to have come from Norfolk. A lot of people may not have heard of him but his work is very highly regarded and he is revered worldwide.
“The family have been so supportive and very involved and trusting. Hopefully more people will get to know his work.
“The whole festival is about trying to get people involved in the arts and bringing the community together.”
The line-up spans pop and classical music from X Factor’s Steve Brookstein to Mozart, cultural commentator Jonathon Miller, a community carnival on the theme of sea and shore, paintings, workshops and more.
The festival will run for ten days from June 6 and around 35 volunteers are being appealed for to deliver the event.
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