FILMMAKERS from the West Bromwich-based Multistory arts project called at the Bugle last week for a documentary about Cradley Heath.
Producer and director Sara Tibbetts is making a short film about the town and the Cradley Heath Amateur Operatic Society. Her grandfather, Dr Thomas Tibbetts founded the group back in 1908. A prominent figure in Cradley Heath, where he had his general practice, Dr Tibbetts has featured several times in the Bugle over the last 42 years.
Sara talked to Bugle journalist Dan Shaw about her grandfather, who was the first man in Cradley Heath to own a motor car and was a campaigner for improved housing and social conditions in the area, and about the women chainmakers' strike of 1910.
Multistory works with artists to make art with, for and about the people of Sandwell. They have worked with the likes of author Margaret Drabble and photographer Martin Parr on projects that reflect and celebrate everyday life from factories, pubs and clubs, people's homes, and markets.
Sara's film is set to be completed by the end of the summer, when a special screening will be arranged in Cradley Heath. The film will then be available to view on the multistory website – www.multistory.org.uk.
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