We can’t wait to see the full film if this is the trailer.
Sometime Liverpool resident, Berlin-based Jürgen Cyranek, together with Rebecca Cyranek and Claudia Christen – aka City Picture – have spent the last few years compiling the documentary: Liverpool – Capital of Vulture (following on from their thought-provoking ‘Turning The Place Over?’ short, a couple of years ago). And, as it’s nearing completion, they’ve teased us with this trailer…
An unflinching, honest and – at times – acerbic snapshot of where we’re at, the documentary posits whether, in the wake of the Capital of Culture, the city’s artists (so essential for the regeneration of run-down post industrial areas) have experienced anything approaching a legacy, or whether the event did little more than hijack their community for a year long knees-up at our expense.
In the month that Manchester International Festival launches with a roster of new commissions, world class acts and locally-produced goodies, the film’s trailer shows that not every arts led intervention leads to multi million pound investment, Damon Albarn, increased exposure and, er, Damon Albarn.
It’s a thorny subject, for sure, and one that elicits as much heat as light: there are as many versions of the 08 story as there were tattered flags lining Edge Lane. For some, it was a platform to showcase the city as a cauldron of creativity, for others a PR exercise of cliques and canapes that failed to ignite any real sense of inclusion or momentum.
How was it for you? And how is it now the party’s over? These are the questions directors Jürgen and Rebecca pose in ‘Liverpool – Capital of Vulture’, a response to the year that will doubtless be every bit as valuable, and honest, as every other tale.
And, in a shocking move, the film’s interviewees are not from Australia, or Brookside, nor were they on the payroll of 08. They’re from the city. They’re our creatives. And they’re still here.
So, it’s quite possible, their opinion might count for a little more than others’…