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‘Torbay Tattoo Tales’, a short film by Torbay-born film maker Danny Cooke was selected to be screened at the Austin Spotlight Film Festival and was shown last night.
The film was commissioned by Torre Abbey Museum to promote Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, the exhibition currently residing at Torre Abbey. It was showcased in Austin on the evening of 18 April.
‘Torbay Tattoo Tales’ was also recently nominated in the monthly documentary section of Short to the Point film festival in Bulgaria.
Councillor Nicole Amil, Executive Lead for Tourism, Culture and Harbours, said: “For Danny’s film to be recognised worldwide is an excellent achievement and showcases his talent as a filmmaker. To see him continue to make films about local culture and arts is fantastic and I thank Danny for his contribution to the Bay.”
Throughout Danny’s career, he has returned to the Bay making films that celebrate local culture and the arts.
Danny said: “It’s a great honour for the film to be shortlisted and shown at these festivals. I travel a lot these days for work and it’s always a joy to return home to the Bay. When I’m back, it’s great to make films with local creatives that celebrate what a wonderful part of the world we live in.”
Austin Spotlight Film Festival showcases up and coming film makers, giving them an opportunity to discuss their projects. Spotlight organises monthly events, screening all types of short films before an audience votes for their favourite. The top-rated film each month will compete with the other winners in November’s ‘screen-off’.
Short to the Point is judged by an international network of critics and artists. Films are selected and shown at monthly events held in unconventional places.
Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed is a comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors. This is the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK featuring over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts.