FAQ

What is People's Stories?

Hurricane films are expanding the Community from the ‘Of Time and the City’ website into a brand new reminiscence website based on the central themes of Terence Davies’s original film.  The new website is called ‘Peoples Stories – Liverpool Lives’.

This website will focus on people sharing their post-war memories of Liverpool life throughout the years.

How do I get involved?

Click here if you are not already signed up. Then you have full access to all the stories on the site - you can also upload your own stories, make collections and join in the conversation by commenting.

I am not from Liverpool – can I still contribute?

Yes but try and keep it on a Liverpool theme please.

Can you help me?

Yes - email us here with any questions: help@peoples-stories.com

Who are Hurricane Films?

For over a decade Hurricane Films have been telling great stories - fact and fiction - for both the big and small screen.  The company is owned and run by Solon Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter, with each partner bringing a wealth of experience from their highly successful individual careers.  After a short spell in the Merchant Navy as a marine engineer, Sol began his creative career as a stills photographer working in editorial, fashion and portraiture before moving into film via a 16mm course at the National Film School.  He produced and directed a number of social documentaries as a self shooter, collecting numerous awards along the way.  Amongst his factual output, he conceived and directed two landmark series for Granada and PBS America - Warship - and the winner of the 2007 CINE Golden Eagle Award - Warplane.  Sols work has been commissioned and screened on The BBC, Channel Four, ITV and internationally in the USA on National Geographic Channel and PBS - as well as in over forty other countries.

Roy enjoyed a successful music career as a member of The Farm, enjoying nine top-forty hits including the Groovy Train and Altogether Now from the Number One album Spartacus.  After an amicable split in 1994, Roy turned to scriptwriting, gaining over a hundred and forty television writing credits on shows including Brookside, Hollyoaks, The Bill and the second - BAFTA winning - series of Jimmy McGoverns The Street for BBC One.  Roy has also written several plays for Radio Four and has been involved in numerous prestigious writing initiatives.  He became a company director of Hurricane Films in 2001; writing, producing and directing projects for the company as well as continuing with freelance writing work.

Hurricane Films have picked up numerous awards for a diverse range of projects since March 2000, including two BAFTA nominations and six RTS documentary awards.  The first BAFTA nomination came in 2004 for the BBC drama I'm A Juvenile Delinquent: Jail me! directed by Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid and Nancy).  A community feature film, Under The Mud - written in collaboration with a group of Liverpool teenagers - won Hurricane a European mentoring award for their work developing the film, which went on to be well received at film festivals across the world.

Sol and Roy received their second BAFTA nomination (The Carl Foreman Award for producing) for feature documentary Of Time & The City, directed by Terence Davies.  The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2008 and went on to win numerous prizes including the 2009 New York Film Critics Circle prize for Best Documentary Feature - as well as featuring in Time Magazines top ten films of the year.

 

Picture Stories

For stunning photography or old family snaps, choose this option to tell your story.

You will also be able to add text to your picture to tell the world the story behind the photo.

Word Stories

A simple text-only option to enjoy the purest form of storytelling

This option provides you with a perfect outlet for telling your story without the aid of any accompanying imagery or media.

Film Stories

If you’ve seen a great video online or want to create something of your own, use this option to link to YouTube to share with the community.

You can then also add some descriptive text to tell your own story.