I’ve never shown anyone these photos. As you know I was the freaky kid that didn’t like football who grew up on Anfield Road. I was always very proud of that. But back in August 1989 the city was engulfed by the collective loss of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough. I ran up to the football ground, which was only a few blocks from my house, and decided to document what was happening.
The fans transformed Anfield into a shrine. Thousands of shirts covered the pitch as everybody in the city and beyond left a tribute. When I look at these photos I could really feel their pain. As I do now. Maybe that’s why I’ve not shown them to anyone.
It was amazing how everyone gave so much. From the gang of guys who pulled a double decker bus up Anfield Road to raise money for the victims to the little girls who liberated some daffodils from the park to take to the ground. I watched the 24/7 movement of people past my front window with Jake and Rene. A few weeks later Rene died and I left to go to art college and the world had changed.
The top photo of the graffiti on Stanley Park girls school has faded with time - but the sentiment behind it has not. I totally admire the friends and relatives of the victims that have uncovered the truth for their loved ones. Its the most incredible tribute.
This is the film that got me into filmmaking. It’s The White Bus by Lindsay Anderson. When I watched it when I was a kid it was the only film Id seen which reflected my landscape. Everything was demolished in Everton when I was a kid. Just like in the film. I had a screening of The White Bus in the NFT with Silence Is Golden in 2006 and I was really proud to screen both films together. I also wrote a script called Joy Rides End which was about The White Bus on its final journey before it heads to the scrap yard. I wanted to revisit all of the films locations and uncover modern Britain. I still think its a good idea — is this a ubber kickstarter?
Bar Shorts is back with a super sonic inspired night of incredible shorts films and animations. And of course your humble compare - Mr Shepherd here - will do his best to administer the usual verbal nonsense. All related to sonic happenings. Far out man! Want to know what’s on?
Filmmakers include Greg Jardin, Will Sweeney & Steve Scott, Phil Mulloy, Ethan Indorf, Michael Langan, Luke Snellin, Thomas Knowler, Asa Lucander/12Foot6, Chris Shepherd, Matt King & Imogen Woolley, Dog Judo, Literal MS Paint, Christine Hooper, Rupert Hill, Black Casino & The Ghost ‘Falling into Pieces’ by Chris Shepherd and excited to be showing comedic shorts by the animation legend Bob Godfrey (Roobarb & Custard).
Also thanks to The Polish Film Club we will show the first public screening of
‘Myszochujek’ by Polish director, Kristof Babaski made in 1957.
Plus in London a live modular synth set by Flux and King-Fu will keep you amused and excited between and after the screening sessions.
Here’s some images from the terrific screening of The Ringer at Anima in Brussels. I went over there for 24 hours last weekend to present the film at The Flagey. Everyone really looked after me and everyone kept watching animations till 4am. Which was something else. I also hung out with old college mate Gerald White which was treat. You need to check his films out - they are amazing!
And yes… I had to go and see the Manneken Pis because my mother was obsessed by it. What is it with Northerners and little pissing boy statues?
At last —— buy my films here as part of Chris Shepherd: Beyond Animation compilation for 20 Euros. Click on the photo!!!
What do you get? Well you exclusively get The Ringer. Plus Silence Is Golden, Who I Am and What I Want, Dad’s Dead, The Broken Jaw plus making of films. What you waiting for? Buy one and help steer the Shepherd’s away from destitution.