Welcome to UK City of Culture 2017 – my home!
Hull is the UK City of Culture which started as of 1st January 2017. 365 days full of events which will bring the community together and show the world our greatest gift. Back in October, I wrote a post about “There’s No Place like Hull” and said about my photo shoot experience with Quentin Budworth, as part of the opening City of Culture 2017 celebrations, “Made in Hull”. Now, it’s gotten a LOT bigger!
At the time of the post, I was the 7th Hullywood Icon to take part in the project but now there’s over 100+ Hull and East Riding residents who have got their costumes (on in Borat’s case, lack of) and recreated scenes from iconic movies. Well, the project has now spread like wildfire by word of mouth and people seeing the images appear on social media. People taking part in the Hullywood Icons are of all ages and are just average Hull people, but there is something we all have in common and that’s our pride and passion for the City of Hull.
While working on the Twitter account for Hullywood Icons, it has been interesting to see films that I’ve not heard of. For example, I had never heard of EraserHead, but it looks very twisted! But what’s been even more amazing is I’ve got to read up about the films. Facts like;
- Monty Python’s Life of Brian was originally banned in Hull!
- Bette Midler was originally meant to be in Misery, but thought it was too violent so it ended up going to Kathy Bates
- Heath Ledger almost broke Jake Gyllenhaal’s nose by grabbing his head and kissing him too hard in Brokeback Mountain
- In his 1964 autobiography, Chaplin stated that he could not have made the film if he had known about the true extent of the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps at the time (The Great Dictator)
Not only did we make local news in Hull and East Riding… but we went national and even made it international baby!
If you happen to stroll through Hull, here’s where you can catch the Hullywood Icons:
But just in case, you can also watch this video!