East met West as the Creative Campus hosted a very special series of film screenings, as part of the Liverpool-Shanghai 20th Sister Cities Anniversary Celebration.
Two critically acclaimed Chinese language films - Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016) and Shakuhachi: One Sound One Life (2019) - provided audiences with a glimpse into different aspects of life in contemporary Chinese society.
Following the second screening, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Dr Noel Brown led a question and answer session in The Capstone Theatre.
Liverpool TV were on campus to cover the highly anticipated event, and spoke with Associate Dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts and Head of the Creative Campus Professor Stephen Davismoon.
In an interview with the local TV channel, Professor Davismoon said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to be exposed to world-class filmmaking and art. I’m really keen to promote the interdisciplinarity that exists at the heart of filmmaking. At this campus people study film, or music, or drama, or dance - and in film, these four disciplines come together.”
Dr Brown added: “Art and music are international and transnational currencies that everyone can relate to, and the brilliant thing is … here at this campus we have art, we have design, we have film and we have graphic design - we have all these different areas – these are things that transcend culture. Liverpool has an incredibly rich and diverse history in art, cinema and music.”
The event was organised in partnership with Shanghai, Liverpool City Council and the UK-China Film Collaboration Project funded by the AHRC.