MK Theatre nine days before opening.
The film is about the opening exhibition in the Milton Keynes Gallery. The film includes an interview with the Director of the Milton Keynes Theatre, Stephen Snoddy talking about the Gilbert and George exhibition and his future plans for the gallery. The film also shows builders, gardeners and other workers finishing off the exhibition, galleries and landscape. It was filmed in the Milton Keynes Gallery and surroundings nine days before opening.
The opening shot is of three people discussing something in a white room with scaffolding. The film then cuts to show workmen working on the floor. The camera moves around the room to show the scaffolding and large blue cases then returns to the three people talking. We then see a builder and Stephen Snoddy discussing the floors before cutting to a shot of a painter painting a door frame.
00:01:39 The camera then cuts to the outside where we see men and a digger planting trees and shrubs. A silver sculpture in the middle of the grounds is shown. We see workmen taking levels along the pavement. The camera then follows two men in black coats having a conversation whilst walking in front of the Milton Keynes Theatre and looking at the floor before heading in to the theatre.
00:05:04 Stephen Snoddy, the gallery director, gives an interview to Sally Russell in a gallery with Gilbert and George paintings on the walls. He talks about the opening in nine days time and if they are ready. He talks about what is different about Milton Keynes Gallery and why he picked Gilbert and George as the first exhibition. He finishes by talking about the types of exhibition that will be held at the gallery in the future. There is background noise of workmen throughout the interview.
00:10:01 After the interview the camera moves to show men talking to Stephen Snoddy and looking at the base of the walls. The camera shows a woman and a man building a scaffolding tower.
00:11:28 The camera cuts to the outside and shows pots of blue flowers ready to be planted and flowers being planted by gardeners. A workman is shown working on a tall sign saying ‘Province Square’ on the left side. A man is shown working on the electrics. The camera then cuts back to the flower beds. A worker with a yellow cap and burgundy jumper with ‘HASMEAD’ on the back is shown with a shovel. Then there is a shot of the sculpture before cutting to a shot of a path marked out.
00:15:44 The camera then changes location to inside and shows a group of men, two of which have ‘LAING Limited’ on the back of their high visibility jackets.
00:16:19 The camera then changes location again to inside the gallery where people are installing panels for a predominantly black and white art work which has the words ‘SPELL OF SWEATING’ on it. The panels click onto a framework already attached to the walls.
00:23:18 The screen goes blank.
A full transcript of the interview is available on request.