The hype may still be gathering pace ahead of this year’s Oscars at the end of February, but Hull’s very own film awards ceremony has already been and gone. Kardomah94, in Alfred Gelder Street, hosted a week of events for the inaugural Gongs, culminating in a showcase night on January 16.

Organised by Kardomah94 owner Malcolm Scott and supported by the Rank Foundation, the Gongs celebrated a wealth of film talent from Hull and the surrounding area, in a number of fields including documentary, music and education. For the final celebration evening, award-winners came together to watch the best of the numerous submissions (about 80 across eight categories).

Peter Weil, chief executive of CTVC ( – an independent media company which is part of the Rank Foundation – spoke about how both organisations had grown out of the vision of Hull-born media mogul J Arthur Rank, who was best known for founding the film studios behind such classics as Great Expectations and The Red Shoes – all of which, of course, opened with the famous ‘Gong Man’, from which the Hull awards took their name. Rank was also a committed Methodist and philanthropist, and founded his charity in 1953, originally known as the J Arthur Rank Group Charity. A short opening film explained more about the current work of the Rank Foundation (, which has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds>>>>>READ MORE VIA OUR DIGITAL MAGAZINE