Newport's legendary TJ’s to star in film
9:02am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
TWO NEWPORT film students are appealing to the public to share their memories of legendary nightclub TJ’s for their latest film.
Students Alice Corner, 20, and Mike Watkins, 21, were inspired to create the film after hearing many people talk about the heyday of the famous club.
The third year students at Newport Film School decided to make the graduation film “Legendary TJ’s” as an ‘oral history of Newport’, collecting stories from around Newport about how things used to be.
The club closed in 2010, shortly after the death of John Sicolo, who ran the club for more than 40 years.
Acts which played at the legendary venue over the years included Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Oasis, Green Day and Catatonia.
The club was later sold at auction but has remained shut since its closure.
The 15 minute long film will feature audio from members of the public telling their stories of TJ’s along with photos of the club in its prime.
“Myself and my co-director Mike really want to focus on TJ’s, a venue that was once so vibrant but now stands empty with promises of redevelopment left hanging in the air,” Miss Corner said.
“Ever since I moved her in 2010/2011, I heard stories about TJ’s and so I got a bit nosy and wanted to find out more.
“Especially with the recent arson, we think that the story of TJ’s needs to be told.
“We want to hear stories from the regulars, from peoples nights out- the stories that you wouldn’t hear otherwise.”
So far the students have spoken to ten people in their 30’sand 40’s who have shared stories of when Oasis and Coldplay visited the club.
“We’d like to gather as many stories, anecdotes and photographs from the TJ years as possible, not just about the infamous gigs, but about the whole scene.
“The idea is to paint a picture of the scene through memories, and explore what a place like TJ’s really meant to Newport.
“We already have contacts with some of the regulars, but would like to reach out to more.
“This film is really important to us and we’re really excited by the stories we’ve already heard.”
If you have a story about TJ’s contact Miss Corner on email@example.com
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