This autumn, Scala Beyond, the nationwide film season that celebrates all forms of cinema, will launch Film Crawl, a new series of walking tours that will explore cinema cultures in specific areas of interest, across the country.
Supported by Film London, the Film Crawl is an on-going project that will draw out the rich connections that places have with exhibition and filmmaking. Accessible both as an audio tour and a printed map, the first Crawl will also operate as a group walking tour, guided by cinema experts over the launch weekend of 22 – 23 September, in conjunction with Open House London 2012. Using a portable projector to reveal archive footage, film clips and stills, the Crawl will bring to life an area’s cinematic history through film itself.
The initiative launches with Film Crawl #1: The Central South London Peninsula, encompassing Southwark and Lambeth’s connection to cinematic culture past and present. Composed and guided by Sam Cuthbert, a cinema scholar and programmer, there will be one crawl per day, each lasting just over 3.5 miles with an estimated running length of 4 and a half hours. Starting at the Roxy Bar and Screen in Borough, highlights of the Crawl include the Tate Modern Tanks’ Jeff Keen exhibition, BFI Southbank, IMAX at Waterloo, Imperial War Museum, the Heygate Estate and Siobhan Davies Dance Studio. At Elephant and Castle, Richard Norman, a local cinema historian, will deliver a lecture on the rich history of the site, before the Crawl finishes at the Cinema Museum for a guided tour. Stops will include illustrated talks tying together history, topography and geography to form a portrait of London on screen.
The crawl incorporates clips from films such as Naked (1993), Howards End (1992), It! (1967), Joanna (1968), The File of the Golden Goose (1969), Snatch (2000), Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) plus archive footage and much more.
A specially commissioned map of the Crawl, designed by London illustrator Maggie Li, will be produced and available to purchase at the Roxy Bar and Screen (included in ticket price of the Crawl). Maggie has worked on a variety of illustration projects spanning editorial to publishing and is inspired by mid-century graphics and bold colourful prints. The Crawl will also be available to download as a free audio version, produced by sound designer Tom Fisher and including interviews with Stuart Comer (Curator Film at Tate), Richard Norman (Cinema Theatre Association) and Martin Humphries (Cinema Museum).
The tour is part of Open House London 2012 and has been funded by Scala Beyond which is supported by Film London through National Lottery Funding on behalf of the BFI.