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KWTV: 11-14 May 2015

May 11, 2015 - May 14, 2015


The Knowle West on the Move strand is putting together a week-long workshop event about Knowle West TV, the pioneering community television project started by Peter Lewis and Rediffusion Cable in the early 1970s. We’ve digitised the archive and the video files are back in Bristol, being cared for by Bristol Record Office. Knowle West Media Centre will be making the video accessible through its University of Local Knowledge website.

Click here to watch clip from KWTV: Women’s Lib

During the week of 11 May, Knowle West Media Centre is opening its doors to welcome people to come and explore the KWTV archives. Drop-in activities include:

  • Join Katie Mack for a masterclass in film editing (Tues, 12 May, 4.30pm). Katie Mack is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Film and Television at the University of Bristol and was Assistant Editor on Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994). She will give the inside track on how stories are constructed in film. What’s a cut? A dissolve? A montage? How are space and time manipulated through the editing process to create narratives that move us to tears, keep us on the edge of our seats and have us rolling in the aisles?
  • Panel discussion on community media past and present (Tues, 12 May, 6pm) with Peter Lewis (who started KWTV), contemporary community media expert, Shawn Sobers (UWE & Firstborn Creatives); and Julian Warren (Senior Archivist, Bristol Record Office)
  • Screening of artist-in-residence, David Hopkinson‘s, new cut-up work using the KWTV archives (Thurs, 14 May, 6-8pm) and chance to participate in a live editing workshop;
  • Viewing the KWTV archives screened in their entirety on the big screen at the Media Centre;
  • Work with University of Bristol students who will be editing short sequences of KWTV footage for online viewing;
  • Events for young people: Control, Alt, Delete (Mon, 11 May, 4pm), XLR music workshop (Tues, 12 May, 6-8pm, Training Room) and Creative Hub editing workshop (Weds, 13 May, 5-7pm Western Room);
  • Take a seat on the living room sofa to watch KWTV and contribute your knowledge about the people and places seen in the footage;
  • Work with the Know your Bristol on the Move team to locate places you see on KWTV and place them on Map your Bristol.

This is the final public event in the Knowle West on the Move strand. It follows 2 workshops on KWTV (March 2014 and November 2014) and participation in International Home Movie Day (18 October 2014).

Everyone welcome!



May 11, 2015
May 14, 2015
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Angela Piccini


Knowle West Media Centre
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2 thoughts on “KWTV: 11-14 May 2015

  1. Tina Tabor on said:

    In the 1970’s, I attended Merrywood Girls’ school. I remember being involved in a project where we were filmed and I believe it was filmed by the Knowle West TV channel.
    I have just heard on the BBC local news that you are trying to identify some of the places and people on the films. I have only just heard. About this and so I have missed the week of events. Are there any other opportunities or ways for me to look at the films related to Merrywood school. My family lived in Knowle West, in St.Whytes Road from the 1940’s to 2011.
    Tina Tabor

  2. Angela Piccini on said:

    Hi Tina!
    That’s ok, last week’s events were a way to get things rolling.

    We’d love to talk to you about the filming at Merrywood Girls school. There’s a brilliant video that shows the girls talking about the Duke of Edinburgh Award, doing flower arranging, kung fu, ballet and modern dance. Please do contact Knowle West Media Centre http://kwmc.org.uk/contact/ or me directly on a.a.piccini[at]bristol.ac.uk to get involved. The videos are all at Knowle West and you can arrange to go see them. We’ll have them online soon, too!

    Thanks for getting in touch. If you send us some contact details, we’ll take this forward.

    Very best wishes

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