Author: Black Country Cinema

Black Country Cinema is a collective of film makers and writers based in the old industrialised region of the West Midlands known as The Black Country.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Hou Hsiao-Hsien: An introduction

Though a revered master of cinema, the films of Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien receive very little attention in the West. For those of you who have recently discovered Hou through his recent masterpiece The Assassin (2015) here is a personal video blog about where we think you should start his massive body of work. Links in the video: Tony Rayns…

Why You Should Be Shooting on Super 8

Super 8 mm film is beautiful! It’s beautiful to watch but even more beautiful and exciting to shoot it for yourself and watch what you’ve shot. Super 8 does something to your footage. Where digital film kind of gives you a neutral image which may be altered in post-production, Super 8 already gives you a very poetic image which really…

Kim Bormann in Coffee in Winter

How to Act With No Experience

You may well know by now that we love working with non-actors. Kim Bormann, a German born contemporary dancer based in Nottingham, recently played the lead role in our feature film Coffee in Winter. She’s never had a desire to act, yet she fitted the role so perfectly it’s hard to imagine another actor take her place. I asked her…

The Meeting

Following an initial phone call between two members of Black Country Cinema, the film enters into an old Edwardian house where the collective are to meet. The large character of the house observes several mumbling conversations between the film makers who haven’t met up in a long time. Through quite static yet somewhat comical moments, we follow them around the…

I was diagnosed, but…

A short film made in association with NHS Choices that raises awareness about type 1 diabetes and the social stigma attached to injecting in public places. Young people were asked to continue the story of a fictional character based on their own experiences with diabetes. Director: Collective Running time: 2:20min Year: 2011

Walk 17

We interviewed various people from the B68 area in the West Midlands of England to find out how they start their week. We came across a young part-time Postman who talks to us about a place he likes to visit whilst delivering on his route. The route he was on at the time was called Walk 17. Director: Collective Running…