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On the Bench

Commissioned for UP Projects The Floating Cinema’s 2017 tour, On the Bench is a series of eight films featuring interviews with residents dispersed across South and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Through frank and personal discussions, a range of topics are covered by the participants. These include the impact of education on imagination; the influence of historic events on contemporary circumstances; and the current social and economic backdrop that the individuals navigate. 

Collectively the eight episodes that form the series highlight the dynamics between location, culture, creativity and identity while underlining the dedication and perseverance of the individuals being interviewed.

On the Bench formed the central feature of In Dialogue, the final programme to be presented by UP Projects on The Floating Cinema. Alongside this new artwork, In Dialogue presented a corresponding programme of films and documentaries that echoed the themes of dedication, perseverance and determination that feature in Meadley’s artwork.

On the Bench was filmed in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Swinton, Thorne, South Ferriby, Goole and Hull. Each location formed part of The Floating Cinema's 2017 tour.

The commission and The Floating Cinema were supported by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Programme, BFI, Film Hub North, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Canal & River Trust, Hull City Council and forms part of Hull City of Culture 2017.