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24th April 2019

Hull based film company E52 have teamed up with Storyboard Media to create a powerful and moving film for the maritime project invoking a sense of pride and passion in those of us born on the tide.

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

Striking shots were used of Hull Maritime Museum, Spurn Lightship, North End Shipyard, Arctic Corsair and Hull Marina as well other key landmarks in the city centre and beyond.

The short film scripted by playwright Dave Windass and narrated by one of Hull’s finest actors Barrie Rutter OBE will promote Hull and a second round bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, due to be submitted at the end of May 2019 and if successful will release £13.6m.

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.

The film’s 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, 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 film hopes 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.