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VB film wins first prize

27 Feb 2017

Categories: New blog, Arts Events

Sam Jones' short film, shot in Victoria Baths, has claimed first prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and is free to watch online from today.


LIFELINE, a 10-minute film written and directed by Sam Jones when he was 17-years-old, has played at film festivals around the world including the Rhode Island International Film Festival – an Oscar qualifying event – and also featuring at the recent BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival 2017. 


Funded by the prestigious British Film Institute – Sam received a grant from the BFI for the ‘most promising filmmaker with the most raw talent under 25’ when he was only 16-years-old – LIFELINE has attracted rave reviews from UK Film Review, calling it 'one of the best shorts of the year'.


Sam had first visited the Baths quite a while ago, and had been awestruck immediately. 'The feeling you get when you walk in is indescribable. If I could capture just a flavour of that feeling through film then I'd be very happy'.


Sam, who saw HOME's production of Romeo and Juliet there, said: “Without giving away any plot spoilers, LIFELINE follows a woman who finds herself in a desperate situation and is forced to do something drastic to provide her son with one final lifeline."

“Inspired by a conversation I had with my mum and the Baths, it took six months to write LIFELINE alongside studying for my A Levels. It was all filmed in Manchester, in the restored Victorian swimming pool, Victoria Baths, which was more recently used in the BBC’s Peaky Blinders.


"The film was possibly my biggest challenge yet. There was a fantastic cast and crew of 40 people who all helped make the film possible. I loved seeing it all come together on set - from writing the script at home to seeing it become a reality on set - it was so surreal for me. I really admire the work of Danny Boyle - I think the way he crafts his stories is fantastic, utilising the power of film at every moment."


LIFELINE premiered in front of more than 400 people at the NFT1 BFI Southbank cinema, the home of British Cinema, last year before playing at film festivals in the USA, Belgium and the UK. Many audiences enjoyed the setting of the film.


On winning the first prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Sam said: “I'm so happy to screen at such a respected film festival for filmmakers."


LIFELINE is premiered online for the first time on Monday 27th February at 10AM at this link: 

Village Screen Success

21 Feb 2017

Categories: Events, Arts Events

The Village Screen returned to Victoria Baths last weekend for another set of classic film screenings. Audiences enjoyed Ten Things I Hate About You, Beauty and the Beast and Moonrise Kingdom. Great food and drink was provided by Caribou Poutine, Milkjam MCR and ProovePizza.

For a special cinema experience, check out the next Village Screen events at Victoria Baths on 20th and 21st July.





Art & Craft Fair

5 Jun 2015

Categories: Events, Open Day, Arts Events

We are very much looking forward to the Art & Craft Fair on Sunday (7th June, 11am-4pm). We are fully booked with stalls, there will be a great variety of artwork and craft on sale, and the Ordsall Acapella Singers will be here to entertain us too.

How You Move Is Who You Are!

3 May 2014

Some say he is still spinning....


On the night of May 3rd, the Un-Rest exhibition came alive as Northern Soul lovers from across the country came to Victoria Baths to share their passion and dance the night away on the highest sprung dance floor in the country for our recorded soul event - the all nighter.

The Victoria Baths sports hall, slowly filling up with eager dancers!

As shown in the picture above, the dancefloor started to fill up quickly. Once band The Soultrain came out, the building slowly exploded with energy and excitement!

The SoulTrain

Heading on to early hours of the morning, fantastic DJ performances from various talented artists throughout the night (for example, Martin the MOD D.J. down below) kept our dancers going just as strong as when they arrived!

Martin the MOD D.J.

After sunrise and us staff trying to keep awake by listening to the Dawn Chorus, the "hardcore crew" were congratulated at roughly 6.30am. Simply for managing to last so long! How?

The dancers and volunteer Ruqia taking a picture!

"Thanks to Alison, Gill and the fantastic team of volunteers at Victoria Baths for making it possible, to the Top Class DJs for their full support, quick thinking and generosity of spirit, The SoulTrain for bouncing the floor early doors and to all the wonderful people who bought tickets and made the night a huge success. -
Volunteer Alan watching over the smoking area
My head is thumping and I can still hear all the brilliant tunes from Roy Stewart, Owen Phillips-Bolton, Ethan Howarth, The SoulTrain, Roman Korol, Glenn Walker-Foster, Martin The MOD D.J., Brent Howarth, Pete Davies and the dawn chorus himself Ricky Warburton." - William Titley, the artist behind the all nighter magic, who was also the great photographer behind the pictures above.


It wasn't over just yet! Only a few hours later on Sunday the 4th May, our doors opened to the public for our May Open Day, which included a dance off performance between morris dancers and northern soul dancers (surprisingly, some from the long night before!).

Morris dancers being admired in the sports hall

Unfortunatley, neither group was officially crowned as a victor, the audience was left to decide who they thought won. Unless they joined in and voted for themselves.. that doesn't count!

Big shout out to Wayne Hemingway (left) who was the DJ in the dance off! Picture also showing Alison Kershaw and William Titley.

Thanks to everyone who came to not just take part in the events but those who came to view the exhibitions over the course of UnRest too, we here at VB had a great time hosting and the artists were all happy about the outcome and the fantastic feedback from the likes of yourselves!

That's all for the May blog! We hope to see you at our Open Day on June 1st, which will be host to our first vintage book fair! See the "Visit" tab above and "What's On" for more information.


Previous Blog - Drawn To The Beat

Un-Rest (Drawn To The Beat)

26 Apr 2014

Categories: Events, New blog, Arts Events

Starting with an empty pool, lined with pristine white paper, the audience became the artist.

Music was provided by "Dark Pools of Liquidity" specially formed for the event.

Music and drawing and physical expression were blended through the medium of drawing

This work was brought into being by Naomi Kendrick

Aidan O'Rourke's Photography Workshop

26 Oct 2012

Categories: Open Day, Arts Events

At the October Open Day famous published local photographer Aidan O'Rourke supervised his second photography workshop at VB.

Participants were allowed into parts of the buidling not usually open to the public, including the top floor of the Superintendent's flat where he took the above photo.

Aidan gave workshop participants feedback and tips on their efforts.

More details on Aidan's blog

His next workshop at the November Open Day is already fully booked.

June Open Day

3 Jun 2012

Picture of marbling workshop

Categories: Open Day, Arts Events

The main attraction was the Marbling workshop run by art tutor Sue Shaw.

Here's two of the pictures produced by visitors at the Open Day:

Marbled picture

Morbled picture

Fanzine Convention and Future Everything

23 May 2012

picture of sports hall

Categories: Volunteers, Events, Arts Events

These twin events on 19th May attracted almost 900 visitors. The building was buzzing with activity. I think it was even more successful than last year.

The Fanzine Convention was organised by VB volunteer Natalie Bradbury seen here chatting to a visitor:

While Tony Watts, Musical Director of Manchester School of Samba has a go at lino cutting: