Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cliff Lift on screen - 55 Seconds

A vertical portrait of Saltburn, seen through the short journeys people make on the UK's oldest water balanced funicular lift to the only remaining pleasure pier in the North-East.
Read more about the making of the film and behind the scenes photos on Jan Cawood's blog or subscribe to her YouTube Channel and Flickr Channel for regular updates.

A film about Saltburn's Cliff Lift - the oldest water balanced Cliff Lift in the UK still in operation - is being screened on TV.
The film will be shown on the Community Channel at 8pm on Friday 31st December, and at regular intervals throughout January.
The film - '55 Seconds' - was commissioned by Northern Film and Media, in partnership with the Community Channel and Sheffield International Documentary Festival as part of their documentary film-making scheme 'Capture'.
The scheme aims to reveal different aspects of North east life.
'55 Seconds' was produced by Jan Cawood, a Stockton based film-maker. It explores a day in the life of the oldest water balanced Cliff Lift in the UK, seen through the short journey people make on it.
Jan said, "I studied seaside architecture and I have always loved the lift, and especially the brief encounters between people on their 55 second journey. I wanted to capture a sense of people and place, to show how beautiful Saltburn is and how much people really value the lift. It was a largely spontaneous shoot which we couldn't have arranged without the support of R&C Council and the lift staff who were great."
The Community Channel is available via Sky channel 539, Virgin on 233 and Freeview channel 87.

The Cliff Lift is currently being refurbished ready for the summer season.

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