A weeklong maritime movie marathon

Published: Monday 23rd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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See a different side of Hull Maritime Museum at these Museums at Night events.

Set up by Culture24, Museums at Night is a biannual UK-wide celebration that invites museums, galleries and heritage sites across the country to open up after hours and show off their beautiful collections in an unprecedented way.

It’s a chance for museum newbies to experience a new space and for those who love galleries to see their beloved venues in a different light.

Hull Maritime Museum has organised a weeklong programme of activities and film screenings to present their extensive curation of nautical artefacts in a distinctive and memorable manner.

“We’re running seven days of events, including eight film screenings. We’ve already had our sell-out children’s activity days, where we showed The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo alongside some arts and crafts,” Malcolm Dunn, Audience Development Officer, tells us. “The rest of the week will be a mixture of maritime-related films, epics and documentaries, starting at 7pm each evening.”

Tonight, a showing of the unique docu-film Leviathan will be shown.

“Twenty or more small cameras were attached to a fishing trawler and its crew. It’s completely unscripted, there’s no formal dialogue and you get to see what is going on from the perspective of the fishermen, the fish and the ship itself. This is one that I’m particularly looking forward to.”

Tuesday night will bring two local history programmes to Hull Maritime Museum. A 1960s British Film Institute documentary about the Port of Hull will be accompanied by a nostalgic travelogue piece from the Yorkshire Film Archives.

“It’s quite fun for us as they visit the Maritime Museum,” chuckles Malcolm.

Morgan Freeman’s beautiful narration of March of the Penguins will be on mid-week, allowing audiences to get a charming insight into the daily lives of these aquatic birds.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, 2015 blockbuster In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, promises to be an engaging watch. The film follows the story of the 1800s New England whaling ship that was assaulted by a mammoth-sized whale. It is thought to be the inspiration behind Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

“To finish off, we have the all-time classic, Jaws. Because you can’t really have a maritime movie marathon without featuring it,” says Malcolm.

Hull Museums has collaborated with The Deep and the British Shark Trust to provide audiences with literature about the importance of marine conservation, as well as debunking the common myths surrounding sharks.

“The event is a trial for us. We’re just testing the water – pardon the pun. We hope to expand to the Streetlife Museum next time and turn it into a full-day event.”

You can find out more on the Humber Museums Partnership website.

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Published: Monday 23rd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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