Zoo filmmaker shares skills

The talented artist behind a 1950s-inspired film based on DZG will be sharing his skills at a free workshop at our award-winning attraction.


Renowned artist and writer Adam Kossoff, pictured above, is returning to our newly-opened Tecton Interpretation Centre for the Animal Architecture Workshop on Saturday April 11th from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

During the hands-on workshop, Adam – a Reader in the Moving Image at the Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton – will show aspiring filmmakers his black and white film Animal Architecture.

He will then talk about how the film was created and show some short films which influenced him, before giving people tips on how to film and photograph our animals and enclosures.

Adam said: “My film emulates the black and white documentary style of the 1950’s ‘Free Cinema’ movement and was filmed on a wind-up 16mm Bolex camera to capture the everyday, poetic feel of the zoo.

“I want to share those ideas and results with people interested in film and photography and hopefully they will produce a short film of their own during the workshop.”

The film tells the story of Dudley Zoo and the restoration of its unique animal enclosures, which were designed in 1937 by Modernist architect Berthold Lubetkin.

The Arts Council of England-funded film, narrated by Dudley-born comedian and actor Lenny Henry, was compiled during the restoration of the zoo’s Entrance and Bear Ravine.

DZG Media and Communications Officer, Jane Thomas, said: “This workshop is an exciting opportunity for people interested in filmmaking to learn from Adam, whose work has been screened and exhibited internationally.

“It’s also a wonderful chance for participants to learn how best to capture our animals and iconic enclosures on their own cameras.”

Animal Architecture, which took two years to complete, reveals how Modernist design gave equal importance to the architecture of the enclosures as it did to the welfare of the animals.

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Shots from Animal Architecture, a 1950s-style film set at DZG exploring the relationship between humans and animals.

The 17 minute 30 second-film is being shown on a loop in DZG’s Tecton Interpretation Centre for the next couple of months before transferring to Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

People interested in joining the workshop will need to bring a camera or mobile phone as well as a USB lead to plug into a computer. It is open to all ages although numbers are limited to 20.

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