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Illustrator Joff Winterhart and filmmaker Tom Stubbs collaborated with 28 older people from around Bristol to time-travel through living memory. The pair set out to create a guide to what has changed and what hasn’t, using the closest thing there is to true time-travel: the memories of the people that were there.
We've all had experiences of school, love, work, food and dance in the context of our lives in modern Bristol. But in the not so distant past these things were very different: school life was stricter, shops shut on Sundays and food was bland. Our Century takes us to a different world, one we might not recognise, but one that played out on these very same streets.
These 28 older people from around Bristol agreed to meet with Joff Winterhart, illustrator, and Tom Stubbs, filmmaker, to create a document of their lives using a unique interviewing technique. Tom filmed the stories whilst Joff simultaneously drew key moments; what emerged is a film that is both poignant, incisive and often riotous!
The film was presented as part of Bristol's Celebrating Age Festival in June 2013, screened at Watershed, Bristol City Hall and on the Millenium Square Big Screen.
Joff Winterhart is an illustrator and filmmaker. His debut graphic novel Days of the Bagnold Summer was nominated for a Costa Book Award in 2012.
Tom Stubbs is an award winning filmmaker and one half of Biggerhouse Films. Biggerhouse create warm human stories and person-centered films that engage, inspire and entertain; whether they are dramas, documentaries or animations their collaborators are always supported and empowered.
Our Century: Introduction Meet the people involved in Our Century and hear Kenny sing the specially-written theme tune.
Our Century: 30s, 40s and 50s These early decades bring up memories of the war, religion, the seaside and the queen's coronation.
Our Century: Illness Ailments that struck the youth of the 30s and 40s, and the trips to the countryside to recuperate.
Our Century: Teenage We finally get to the difficult teenage years: smoking pipes in the jazz club, riding scooters, daydreaming and avoiding fights!
Our Century: Work Lots of very different experiences of working life. Some of the participants faced racial discrimination and we hear how they coped and what they think now.
Our Century: Love Candid thoughts on early romances - some got caught kissing by a policeman, some were shy and awkward, and some couples stayed together for 50 years.
Our Century: 60s, 70s and 80s For some these decades were about coming to Britain and finding things very different from what was expected. There's also music, dance, strikes and the riots in St Pauls.
Our Century: Today A reflection on the things that have changed in the last century, and what the people themselves have done to make that change.