True Lives
by Art + Power

two arms, one hand putting a ring on the other


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True Lives consists of five animations and two short films. It is the result of a joint project realised by Portway Centre and Picture This over two years. The films illustrate poems written by the Rush Land Poets on the theme: Who am I? Past, present and future.

The project involved more than 20 people from the Portway Centre, with artists from the Centre making drawings, paintings and models based on the poems, building up images and preparing for their transfer into computer animation. A group from the centre animated these images at the Picture This' studios. They had the support of a group at the Centre who provided extra images and storyboarded each poem. Final editing took place at Picture This.

The Rush Land Poets, artists, animators and editors are all people with learning difficulties, and their work, as represented in this film, reflects their personal memories, thoughts and wishes for the future. The True Lives films illustrate the poems Brenda Mary Cook by Brenda Cook; Stanley and Me by Mary Hearn; Baby Boy by Alan Marshall; I was as tall as a table leg by Brenda Cook; Love by Lyn Martin; Fish Woman by Sarah McGreevy and I will be happy when I get Old by Joan Goodyear.

Since making this work the group has changed its name to Art & Power



Year 1992
Duration 7 minutes
Original format
Screening format
Aspect ratio
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 1


Picture This & Portway Centre, Arts Council of England, Southwest Arts

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