On the Face of it! -

A DOCUMENTARY BY PAUL A DENNIS

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A FILM ABOUT CELEBRITY, SPORT, ART, CULTURE AND TRIBAL IDENTITY BY PAUL DENNIS.

As Hull prepare to host the UK City of Culture 2017, ex-Rugby League Star Stanley Gene and Paul Dennis of HULL INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS want to connect the UK and Papua New Guinea by way of a unique artistic project!

This project will be produced by the above.

We want to bring to Hull, a PNG Artist to experience the culture in the UK. To explore the idea of Masks, Celebrity, Public and Private Personas, Tribal Identity, Sport and Role Models. Selected Portrait artists from the UK will join in with the artist’s journey as they explore, demonstrate and share aspects of how the portrayal of a human face is used in both societies.

In the UK we will witness the PNG Artist’s acclimatisation to living life in Hull and traveling to other places in Yorkshire with Stanley. Meeting other artists in their Studios. Visiting galleries, rugby matches and participating in various other sporting and cultural activities. We will also follow the responses of the people they connect with. Celebrities, sports fans, art lovers and critics, dignitaries and professional sports people, as two very different creative and artistic cultures exchange notes.

The Artist will have their own studio space and equipment whilst here, in order to create work based on their recent meetings and experiences. Finishing with an invite only evening preview, along with contributions from the other UK artists.

Followed by a Public Art Exhibition at The 1 Gallery in Hull’s Old Town. (Touring to other galleries also). The film will be seeking wider distribution around the world.

THE FILM WILL ALSO DELVE INTO STANLEY’S OWN AMAZING SPORTING/LIFE JOURNEY. HIS OWN SENSE OF SELF AND CULTURAL IDENTITY. HOW CELEBRITY AND RECOGNITION HAVE EFFECTED HIS LIFE IN YORKSHIRE. OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPORTANT TO HIM. ESPECIALLY HIS FANS. ALONG WITH HIS DEEP CONNECTION WITH THE ROLE HE PLAYS IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE PNG PEOPLE.

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Stanley Gene is Kumuls (Papua New Guinea’s national team) most famous international Rugby League sports personality and player export to Hull Kingston Rovers, Hull FC, Bradford Bulls, Halifax RLFC and the Huddersfield Giants.

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He is highly respected in PNG. For over a decade he has helped PNG players and friends, by bringing them over to England to start a new life in sport. Just like his many fans in Britain, people have good reason to admire his endeavours after professional sport with his charity, The Stanley Gene Foundation. Every year Stanley takes containers of donated items from mainly Hull residents, over to his birth village of Goroka.

CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO SEE BBC FOOTAGE OF HIS LAST VISIT IN 2013

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The Project Legacy: The long term aim is to create an ongoing link with the wider community in Papua New Guinea. Establishing a UK outlet for their artistic works and also to support Stanley’s village of Goroka with art materials and education.

A percentage of proceeds from art sales and the ongoing film revenues will be donated to the Stanley Gene Foundation. The project will be fully supported by a dedicated website and across social media. The project includes the film, a possible book and touring art exhibition (subject to additional funding).

Sponsorship: Hull City Council’s head of Sports, Leisure and Heritage has agreed to provide the first £5,000 towards the films pre-production and sales distribution enquiries. We are now seeking the remaining funding (via a soon to be launched Crowdfunding & Sponsorship campaign) with contributions ranging from £5,000, £2,000, £1,000, £500, £100, £50, £25, £10, £5.

We hope you will come with us and play your part in what must be a first for Hull, Yorkshire and Papua New Guinea in the creation of a little piece of sporting and art history.

SPONSOR & INVESTOR INTEREST

If you would like to invest in or sponsor this project and wish to discuss the benefits involved please click above.

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 Above: Paul Dennis and Stanley Gene with an expressive portrait of Stanley by Beverley artist Neil Helyard.

Establishing a long term link with Yorkshire and Papua New Guinea

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