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Traditional printer Celene Aubry works with a large printing device in the film Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film examines the medium of letterpress printing in the digital age

Norwich University of the Arts is pleased to present the UK debut of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, a documentary about the 500-year-old craft of letterpress, a form of printing using movable type and printing presses. Once essential to communication, the process is now in danger of being lost as its caretakers age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived?

Pressing On has been reviewed as beautifully capturing the art and technology of letterpress printing and preserving important voices in this craft for generations to come. This preservation is enhanced by the exquisite camerawork, lighting and music. Notable figures have lauded the film in the letterpress and design fields, such as Steven Heller, former art director at the New York Times, who stated, “‘Pressing On’ is an essential document not just about a revolutionary means of human interaction, but to savour the passion of its practitioners.

Watch the trailer for Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, Thursday 16 November, Doors open at 5.30pm for 6pm Screening

NUA Lecture Theatre, Duke Street Building, Duke Street, Norwich, NR3 3AJ

Free admission, book online via our online store.

Kindly sponsored by John Jarrold Printing Museum logo

Movie poster for Pressing On: The Letterpress Film shows vivid colour print with a collage of various printing machines

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