SEARCH FOR LIVERPOOL’S FILM TALENT REACHES CLIMAX
best known milkman, Antony Gormley’s Iron Men and a group of
teenagers from Huyton are just a few of the ‘film stars’ of this
year’s Liverpool On Film competition.
The short-film competition aims to find the cream of the city’s
talent, and after more than 30 entries, six have made it to the
final – with an exclusive screening at FACT next week for 50
handpicked guests deciding the winner.
Liverpool on Film is the brainchild of Merepark and Ballymore, the
developers behind the £160million Central Village development
adjacent to Central Station.
Merepark director, Richard Peel, comments:- “We wanted to
uncover hidden gem’s about Liverpool life and what it means to the
people who live here and the entrants didn’t disappoint. We had a
whole host of submissions from all parts of the community and the
six we’ve chosen to go through to the final are certainly a diverse
The films will be screened on July 10th from 6pm at FACT on Wood
Street and the winner will be judged by a panel comprising
Merepark’s Richard Peel, Ballymore’s John Turner and Martin Wright
from regeneration body, Liverpool Vision.
The winning film-maker will receive a £5,000 cash prize and a trip
for two to New York’s Greenwich Village – an area which has already
been compared to Liverpool’s Central Village.
Second and third place winners will receive £2,000 and £1,000
respectively. The winning film will also be available for download
and will be shown in the Central Village show apartment, when it
opens early next year.
Central Village is a £160m mixed-use venture that will comprise two
elegant residential towers one at 25-storeys and another at
20-storeys linked by a 9 storey residential and commercial podium
together with a further two nine-storey and one five-storey
buildings housing residential, hotel and commercial uses. Around 404
apartments will be created in total, in a mix of one, two and
three-bedroom designs, and the first phase will bring 328 apartments
to the market in the two skyscrapers.
The venture will also be anchored by a four star hotel, as well as
providing extensive leisure and retail space on the ground and first
floors. Large areas of public open space have also been incorporated
into the site, designed by world-renowned Martha Schwarz, and
including a stepped water race and a light bridge across the
waterway into a new square.
Work is due to start later this year on the mixed-use development,
which is expected to create more than 400 construction jobs and a
similar number when complete. The impressive show apartment is due
to open later this year or early next year with direct access from
BOOK REVIEW:- “IN MY
Book written by Leslie Thomas
on Newport, Monmouthshire, in 1931, lost his seaman father and then
his mother at an early age, and thus he became a Barnados boy. There
he discovered his talent for story telling and writing. He left
Barnados to become a reporter, but National Service intervened. Upon
his return to England, he doggedly pursued his ambition until he
became a Fleet Street reporter and best selling author, drawing
mainly upon his life’s experiences to produce such as well known
books as the Virgin Soldiers, which was made into a film and the
Last Detective, which has been made into a TV series.
In My Wildest Dreams the narrative is well paced, if not exactly
riveting. One feels compelled to continue from one anecdote to the
next. His observations are shrewd and whilst his descriptions of his
life seems phlegmatic, almost dispassionate, the enormity of his
determination to overcome obstacles soon becomes apparent to the
He states in this book, “In journalism as in life….. you not
only need luck you need the luck to know you are lucky.” His
ability to accept things that cannot be changed, to seize
opportunities and to see humour even in bleak times makes this book
a worthwhile read.
This book is out this month, in paper-back, published by Arrow,
priced at £6.99 and it is his autobiography.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Visit To Liverpool
Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, officially launch Liverpool
Hope University’s Centre for War & Peace Studies at a lecture in The
Metropolitan Cathedral on Tuesday 26 June 2007.
The Centre, which will be known as "The Desmond Tutu Centre
for War & Peace Studies", is dedicated to the study of
peace, conflict and the space between war and peace.
Archbishop Tutu visited Liverpool as part of his first official trip
to the UK since 2004, and Liverpool Hope University was honoured to
be hosting his visit.
As well as the War & Peace lecture, Archbishop Tutu mark the opening
of the University’s new landmark building - The Gateway to Hope - by
unveiling a plaque and viewing the facilities in this brand new
provision housing all of the University’s student services under one
Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool
Hope University said:- “His great work with the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission in South Africa is the reason why we asked
Archbishop Tutu if he would allow us to use his name for the Centre.
He will be here to explain how his experiences in South Africa are
valid in the context of Liverpool and beyond.”
Dr Neil Ferguson, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of
the Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies added:- “Desmond
Tutu is an inspiration to those seeking to build peace and
reconciliation across the world, and he embodies the aspiration of
the Centre to promote religious and social harmony through the study
of war and peace.”
The Desmond Tutu Centre for War & Peace Studies was set up in
November 2004, but this is was the first opportunity the Archbishop
has had to visit.
Founded by a group of academics, the Centre focuses on the causes
and consequences of war. It also looks at the methods, processes and
ideologies of peacemaking and conflict resolution.
The Mission of the Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies is
firmly rooted within the mission of Liverpool Hope University, an
ecumenical Christian foundation, to educate students in mind, body
and spirit, by promoting religious and social harmony.
To fulfil this mission, the Centre brings together staff,
researchers, students, and visiting experts to conduct research,
present lectures, deliver seminars, host conferences and colloquia,
and publish documents to promote the study of war and peace.
The Civic lecture entitled:- "Ours is a Moral Universe"
took place on Tuesday 26 June 2007 at The Metropolitan Cathedral of
Christ the King, Liverpool.
Click here to down load a quick
fact file about Desmond Tutu in a Word Format file.
3O YEARS OF ROCKING AGAINST RACISM: LMHR presents... RAR CELEBRATION
@ the HACKNEY EMPIRE!
LMHR are proud
to present a celebration of Rock Against Racism - the cultural
movement that played an important role alongside the ANL in
defeating the fascist National Front in the 1970s, and a model and
yardstick for LMHR's campaign today in helping stop the BNP. As part
of the Hackney Empire's "Spice Festival", RAR founder Red Saunders
and LMHR have put together a fantastic bill with the cream of RAR
legends alongside exciting modern-day LMHR-supporting artists,
including:- Misty in Roots, Tom Robinson, Jerry Dammers, Drew
McConnell (Babyshambles) + very special guests, Wiley and friends,
Toy Guns, and much more.
for more information.