Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Book Arts Tuesday-The Last Bookshop

The Last Bookshop is a moving twenty minute film that brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. Here's what its creators have to say about it:

We love bookshops. But we saw that many are going through tough times. We wanted to contribute to the cultural debate with our own celebration in support of these glorious independents and their shelves of treasures. So with the help of some remarkable independent bookshops, and a lot of talented friends, we have been able to make our idea for The Last Bookshop into a reality.

The Last Bookshop is a self-funded 20-minute short, which imagines a future where physical books have died out.

One day, when a small boy’s holographic entertainment fails, he heads out to explore the streets of abandoned old shop fronts outside. Down a forgotten alley he discovers the last ever bookshop. And inside, an ancient shopkeeper has been waiting over 25 years for a customer…

Produced by The Bakery in the South-East of England, filming took place in 2011, with post-production completed in 2012, before the finished film was released on YouTube in April 2013. Veteran actor Alfred Hoffman stars alongside youthful co-star Joe Holgate. It is written by Richard Dadd, who also co-directs alongside Dan Fryer.

The Last Bookshop blog has information about making the film and a guide to the bookshops featured in the film.

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