On Thursday 24 September at 2.30pm, the film What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor? by Wet Paint Theatre Company will be shown in Wales for the first time at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.
The 20 minute film, written by Chris Ward, charts the declining years of Tenby born artist Nina Hamnett, self-styled Queen of Bohemia. Chris Ward has been championed by Time Out Magazine as one of the leading playwrights of his generation and he has collaborated on works with filmmakers such as Julian Temple and Derek Jarman. His play, Loves A Revolution, was the basis of Julian Temple’s 1998 film, Vigo, based on the life of classic French cineast Jean Vigo.
Nina Hamnett became a leading and ebullient personality in the Parisian art scene of the 1920s where she danced naked on tables at parties but was also a leading figure in Roger Fry’s Omega workshop and in the same roaring decade she became the best known female figure painter in the City of Light. In the 1930s and 1940s, back in Britain, she held court in the taverns of Fitzrovia and Soho and the other naughty Tenby artist, Augustus John, was alleged to have remarked to her, ”We are the people our father’s warned us against.” Nina died in tragic circumstances at the tender age of 66, falling out of her window in London and landing on the railings below.
The film, starring former musician Siobhan Fahey was favourably reviewed in Time Out Magazine (August 2011) which stated, “Ward’s short is set in the dingy Fitzrovia drinking dens and grubby Soho flats of London’s post-war Bohemia where Hamnett was the self-styled queen. Complete with arch dialogue (that often rhymes), a cameo by a fully-grown catwoman who laps red wine and an account of pre-war European politics delivered as racing tips, the film’s evocation of the period if theatrical and spare…its depiction of the tragic, hard-drinking Hamnett (commandingly played by Fahey) is actually quite moving.”
If you are interested in seeing the film, tickets are available (£5 or £4 with a Friends ticket) from the museum. Please contact the museum for details (01834 842809)