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A film about a statue of King Kong, erected in Birmingham in 1972, it’s later journey around the UK and the campaign to see its return. Read more

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A film about a statue of King Kong, erected in Birmingham in 1972, it’s later journey around the UK and the campaign to see its return.

About this project

"I think what you are doing is very important, and has some relevance to a wider debate on public art..." Stewart Lee, Comedian.

About Kong..

The Return of Kong is a film that started life as a second year degree factual film project and has grown into a full-length documentary about the people who are passionately campaigning to bring this huge fibreglass statue of King Kong from Cumbria back to Birmingham.

On our journey, we have met the people and residents of Birmingham who fondly remember Kong; and learnt how he was moved from the city’s Bullring in the 1970’s to a used car lot. We learn from the son of that car dealer how his father renamed his business the ‘King Kong Kar co’ and dressed this statue up at Easter and Christmas!

This film will tell the story of how Kong’s travels continued over the next forty years and how he can now be found in the garden of his present owner, who is resisting all efforts to hand him back!

Although our goal is to make a film that outlines the history behind this statue, we also want to make a film that explores the reasons why Kong has made such a lasting impression on those who remember him and how this has fuelled the campaign to see his return.

As filmmakers, we feel we have a duty to remain impartial and therefore must stress that we have no agenda to see Kong returned to Birmingham. Our task is simply to gather and collate this story for the viewer to draw their own conclusions.

A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN WILL HELP:

- Pay for music licensing  (To help keep costs low, we will use sound archives for any background music)

- Pay for archive film  (We have sourced original news reel footage which does have a fee)

- Expenses and Travel (To interview participants located outside of the Midlands and the UK)

  - Post Production (Although much of the initial edit and colour grading will be performed by our team free of charge, we will need to bring in the services of professionals to help at the final stages. All participants have offered their time free of charge but travel expenses would need to be covered)

Risks and challenges

Once the film has been completed, we hope that there will be minimal/no challenges. However, these can and often do occur. We will make every effort to minimise any challenges post edit.

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