Piano busking festival Tickle the Ivories returns to Liverpool ONE this summer (20 July – 30 Sept). We sat down for a chat with filmmaker Glenn Hanstock, who created an award-winning documentary film of the 2014 festival, about his work and why music resonates with everyone.
U: Why do you think Tickle the Ivories has captured the public’s imagination?
GH: It’s captured the public’s imagination because music is a universal language. In fact, it’s the only universal one. Music has the ability to touch you emotionally, unite and divide.
I think what Tickle the Ivories does so well is bring the emotional power of music to the public in public places like Liverpool ONE where they don’t expect it. It touches the public as a whole in such a positive way.
It’s also a platform for amazing talent that otherwise struggles to be heard.
U: What motivated you to make the film back in 2014?
GH: Having a musical background and passion for documentary, I was looking for a project I felt I could bring my creative talents as a director and understanding of music to. Tickle the Ivories seemed the obvious choice.
U: Is there a film you’ve made that you’re most proud of and why?
GH: In all honesty, I’m still really proud of Tickle the Ivories and it’s been the foundation for me to go on and work with some well-known music industry talent – like The Courteeners.
U: What upcoming projects are you working on?
GH: I’m currently directing a feature length music documentary Embrace the New, featuring legendary guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr, Shaun Ryder, Peter Hook, Clint Boon, Rowetta and legendary DJ Graeme Park of Hacienda Classical. Graeme is also the film’s producer.
You can view teaser clips on our social channels and website as we’re currently in talks with Warner Brothers and other commissioners about a broadcast release.
U: Where is your favourite place in Liverpool?
GH: Right now I absolutely love the waterfront, especially walking from the Festival Gardens through the marina up to Albert Dock with the family. In the sun it’s so beautiful. Lifts the spirits!
U: Where should people look to find more about your work?
GH: Apart from working on bigger broadcast projects, music videos and events my company Electrobank Media is committed to producing video content of the highest quality for brands and businesses.
Since setting up in 2012 we’ve worked on brand videos, corporate films, live sporting events coverage, short dramas, online video content, commercials and documentaries.
We’re expanding to provide individually tailored social media video marketing solutions for our clients to help them achieve the maximum exposure and engagement with video.
Online video has absolutely exploded and it’s an exciting place to be.