Join Passengerfilms at the Roxy this February for an evening of film, discussion and live performance investigating sound, cinema and landscape.
How does music shape our stories of journeys, near and far? This month we’re grappling with that question. Our feature for the evening is From the Sea to the Land Beyond (2012, 74 mins) – a unique filmic exploration of the role the coast plays in our lives. The film is a collaboration between Penny Woolcock and the band British Sea Power, combining archival BFI footage with an original score, and we’re pleased to say that this is the first non-theatrical screening of it in the UK. We’ll also be showing Way to the Sea (1936, 9 mins), a classic GPO documentary short about the London to Portsmouth railway, with music by the inimitable Benjamin Britten.
Dr. Julie Brown, Reader in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, will discuss the musical dimensions of the original presentation of J.B. Noel’s 1923 and 1924 films of the Royal Geographical Society expeditions to Mt Everest. In addition to publishing on early twentieth-century art music, Julie is contributory editor (with Annette Davison) of The Sounds of the Silents in Britain (OUP, 2013), and was Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded Research Network ‘The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain’ and a British Academy Research Development Award entitled ‘“Film fitting” in Britain, 1913–1926’. In April 2011 her reconstruction of Frederick Laurence’s original score for Morozko was performed at the Barbican Cinema as part of the British Silent Film Festival.
And the collective Cabinet of Living Cinema will treat us to a performance that explores our aesthetic relationship with seascape and coastline, from Romantic poetry to avant-garde cinema to surf films, with excerpts from Maya Deren’s At Land and live radio piece Sound Journeys of Dorset, recorded amidst the quarries of Dorset’s man-made wilderness. With live scoring and live foley from Kieron Maguire (guitar, viola) and Robert Parkinson (dulcimer).
The event kicks off at 7.30pm on Monday the 25th February at the Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB. Entry £5.