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Watch this powerful film about Hull’s connection with the sea

A powerful and moving film has been created for Hull’s ambition Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.

Born on the Tide explores Hull’s maritime history as seen through the eyes of different generations, highlighting the community’s deeply held connection with the sea and the world.

Hull film company E52 have teamed up with Storyboard Media to create the film, which uses striking shots of Hull Maritime Museum, Spurn Lightship, North End Shipyard, Arctic Corsair and Hull Marina, as well as other key landmarks.

Watch the video below:

The short film has been scripted by playwright Dave Windass and narrated by one of Hull’s finest actors, Barrie Rutter OBE.

It will promote Hull’s second-round bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, due to be submitted at the end of May which, if successful, would release £13.6m for the project.

A stirring and beautiful musical accompaniment features themes from the Naval Hymn, written by Hull-born John Dykes in 1861, played by the City of Hull Brass Band, formally EYMS, and Hull Minster Choir, with an electronically realised mid-section, bringing it solidly into the 21st century.

The featured footage, ground, time-lapse and aerial, is provided by award-winning cinematographer Iain Thompson, and the whole project is produced and directed by E52’s artistic director Andrew Pearson.

Director Andrew Pearson, said: “This has been a terrific project to work on as all the creative team and featured characters are from the city, many with maritime backgrounds. The city looks beautiful and there is an energy and authenticity that reverberates throughout.”

Garry Taylor, Hull City Council’s city manager for major projects and infrastructure, said: “This powerful and thought-provoking film celebrates the city’s rich maritime past and its links with the world, as well as looking to future success and further investment. We want to grab people’s attention, stir emotion and increase sense of pride in the city, capturing their support for our bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.”

The objective of the film is to engage the people of the city and capture the imagination of those around the world. It portrays Hull as not only Yorkshire’s leading historic maritime city, but also shows that it is as dynamic, important and relevant today as it ever was. We hope the emotional film will engage local residents, businesses and visitors to the project.

Watched the video on YouTube here.

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