FILM: Scottish Premiere Announced

We are delighted to announce that we are working with Edinburgh Napier University and their Chancellor photographer David Eustace to host the only Scottish screening of the film in late Sept/early Oct later this year. The date has still to be finalised but we can confirm that we will be hosting a drinks reception before the film and bringing together a panel of some of Scotland’s most respected and leading figures in the medium together to form a Q+A discussion panel. This will include Grant Scott, Ben Harman, Director of Still’s Gallery, Malcolm DicksonDirector of Street Level Gallery and former Reader of Photography at Edinburgh Napier University and practicing photographic artist Robin Gillanders. The event will be held at the Craiglockhart campus and the film will then be screened in the Lindsay Stewart theatre followed by the Q+A session.

FILM & EXHIBITION: Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay at Oriel Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, Wales.

We are very pleased and excited to announce the second UK screening of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay and an accompanying exhibition of Bill’s portraits of UK based photographers. The exhibition will be open from Saturday 12th May – Saturday 30th June 2018.

DO NOT BEND: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC LIFE OF BILL JAY 
Oriel Colwyn/Theatr Colwyn

Friday 11th May 2018 / 6.30 to 10.30pm. Tickets: £5

 

Following the film screening, co-producers Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt will host a discussion on Bill Jay’s impact on the world of photography and share their experience of producing the film with limited budget and resources.

 

Film and discussion suitable for ages 15+

Tickets can be purchased at http://orielcolwyn.org

A book published by www.caferoyalbooks.com titled Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay that accompanies the exhibition will be available online and at the gallery.

New Book Announced

We are excited and pleased to be working with Craig Aitkinson and Cafe Royal Books www.caferoyalbooks.com on a book to accompany the film featuring Bill’s portraits of UK based photographers. It will go on sale to coincide with the premiere of the film on the 20th April.

2018 UK Screenings

We are pleased to announce that we will soon be announcing a series of screenings and events connected with Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay across the UK throughout 2018. These will be ticketed events and tickets will be available through our collaborative partners with each screening. We will post details here over the coming weeks and they will be announced via the film’s Facebook page and via the @UNofPhoto Twitter feed.

Thanks To Roy Hammans

Our thanks go out to Roy Hammans at www.the-golden-fleece.co.uk 

Roy has what we believe to be the only complete collection of Creative Camera, Creative Camera Owner and Camera Owner magazines in private hands and he has kindly supplied us with images of various issues for the film. Roy has a number of Bill Jay related articles on his site that you may find of interest. Roy has also kindly mentioned our film on his site as you can see above.

In the Edit…

It has been sometime since we updated this site but we have not been resting!   After a summer of archival research and interviewing we started on the edit for the film in late August. We have been in the edit ever since and remain deep into the creation of the film. It’s going well and we hope to reach the conclusion of the online edit by early 2018. At this point the original score will be created and added and we hope to be ready for first screenings by early Spring 2018. We will keep you update on our progress!

Original Score

We are very excited to announce that Professor Laura Ritchie from the University of Chichester is creating an original score for the film and that Grant Campbell is recording a song for the film which will compliment Laura’s work. Laura and Grant are also collocating on a piece of music to end the film.

Professor Laura Ritchie was born in Roanoke, Virginia, United States. She is a cellist, and a National Teaching Fellow Coordinator of Instrumental/ Vocal Teaching and MA Performance at the University of Chichester.

Laura left America to study performance at the Royal College of Music in London before becoming a highly successful performer and lecturer.

For more information please visit www.lauraritchie.com

Grant Campbell is a Scottish singer-songwriter, born in Glasgow. He began playing in various bands when he was 16 and went on to pursue a solo career in his early twenties. He has played support for many different acts including; Odetta, Mary Gauthier, The Handsome Family, John Hammond and James Blood Ulmer, amongst many others.

His debut album Postcards from Nowhere was recorded at home on a four track with Campbell recording and performing all the music. It was released in the summer of 2005 on Crooked Mouth Records, to critical acclaim which included an ‘Album of the Week’ in The Sunday Times. The album was likened to that of Springsteen’s classic Nebraska album with its rustic feel and rough vocals.

For more information please visit www.grantcampbell.co.uk

We Are In The Edit!

We are pleased to say that we are now well into the off-line edit of the film. We have had fantastic support from those who knew Bill and have been able to collect a huge amount of both audio and visual material. We are continuing to speak with others through the summer and aim to have photo lock on the film ready for its original score by September.