Jack Cardiff Centenary Celebration

Creative Collisions Youth Arts Network was one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant to celebrate the achievements of one of the town’s most famous residents.

Jack Cardiff was born in Great Yarmouth one hundred years ago and became a double Oscar winning Hollywood cameramen working alongside the worlds most famous directors and film stars in films such as Black Narcissus and A Matter of Life & Death.

The project has involved thirty five students in a range creative activities to highlight Cardiff’s incredible career and contribution to the history of cinema in the year that a blue plaque was installed to mark his birthplace.

Earlier this year, as part of Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, students worked with artist Matthew Harrison to create The Cardiff Cut Outs, a trail of ‘end of the pier’ style painted boards, inspired by posters from Cardiff’s films. A student designed trail map guided visitors to well known sites across the town where they posed as famous Hollywood actors.

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Wide Angle photography group enjoyed a portrait photography master class with professional photographer Andi Sapey. Inspired by Cardiff’s pioneering lighting techniques, they made portraits of Great Yarmouth Archaeological Society members.

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Film students worked with film director Guy Myhill, actress Marama Corlett and novelist Giles Foden to create ‘Super 8’ short films inspired by Cardiff’s home movies.

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Film & media students have documented the whole project. They received interview training at BBC Voices and interviewed members of Jack Cardiff’s family.


A special centenary exhibition was held at St. Georges Theatre; Cardiff’s own photographs, memorabilia and awards, including the two Oscars, were displayed along with a documentary about his life and daily screenings of his movies. Students worked with Matthew Harrison and Exhibitions Coordinator Alison Hall to plan and install the exhibition and young graduates led on graphic design and text writing.

“I can’t begin to put into words how honoured I am to have had the opportunity to do what I did, and yes it may have been something small but in memory of such an incredible man made the opportunity massive” Great Yarmouth College student.

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About Creative Collisions

Creative Collisions is an imaginative Youth Arts Network for Great Yarmouth where likeminded young people can share ideas, produce events and exhibitions and communicate opportunities in the arts. It is supported by Time & Tide Museum and local high schools and colleges

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