British Sea Power will perform the live soundtrack to Penny Woolcock’s ‘From the Sea to the Land Beyond,’ a documentary compiled from BFI archive clips of the British coastline and produced by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover at the Duke of Yorks cinema Brighton 16th November 2012.
Sheffield Doc/Fest showcased the premiere of this captivating archive footage film for its opening night event back in June 2012. This was able to be viewed on ‘The Space’, an online venture using an on-demand digital arts service developed by the Arts Council and in partnership with the BBC.
The film captures the ability of the sea to record history in its many aspects in a chronological mapping of coastal footage collected over the past decades. With shadows of old hand-cranked cameras capturing lifeguards and zooming long-shots of powerful cranes moving shipping containers, this innovative film is a truly sensitive celebration of the British coast.
The documentary works alongside the human capacity of nostalgia associated with the sea; the bizarre ability of the seaside to make us all revert back into childishness as we witness grown men hitting each other over the head with sandbags, swimming with umbrellas and racing one another on all fours.
The film is accompanied by the intoxicating underscore of British Sea Power, whose music works perfectly with the rising and falling of images. With sounds resonating old fisherman’s shanty’s ‘What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor,” BSP use their musical talents to engage with the archived footage of this film.
The film, music and technology of this collaboration is something well worth attending and an inspiration to the possibility of cross-platform creativity.