Cinema project lights up Burnham sea wall

PUBLISHED: 13:46 15 May 2014 | UPDATED: 13:48 15 May 2014

One of three projections onto Burnham's sea wall on May 3, part of a university project organised by Hannah Fasching.

One of three projections onto Burnham's sea wall on May 3, part of a university project organised by Hannah Fasching.

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BURNHAM's sea wall was turned into an outdoor cinema last week as part of a unique design project.

University of London Goldsmiths student Hannah Fasching, aged 22, installed three projectors to broadcast three black-and-white films onto the wall showing the seaside resort in its heyday, including the late Norman Gobey’s tribute about 1930s Burnham.

A 20-strong audience was invited to witness the screening on the evening of May 3, and there are hopes to repeat the installation for the general public at a later date.

The project was self-financed as part of a university project entitled the Intertidal Cinema, but conversations are ongoing over potential funding options which could see it return.

Ms Fasching revealed that she had been drawn to the town after seeing the sheer size of the wall, the biggest sea-return barrier of its kind in the country.

She said: “It’s a very different place to somewhere like London, where I am based, and so I started thinking about how I could try and do something with it, to make a social space around the wall.

“I found a lot of film about Burnham from years ago, with thousands of people filling up the seafront and I thought it would be good to put that on the wall and transport people back to show how we are adapting our coastline because of the changing weather.”

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