The Big Melt

The Big Melt

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013

For opening night at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013, Crossover and Lonestar produced The Big Melt, a live musical performance accompanied by archival BFI footage celebrating 100 years of stainless steel, conducted by Jarvis Cocker alongside director and editor Martin Wallace.

Cocker conducted an orchestra that included Richard Hawley, The Forgemasters string quartet, the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra and the City of Sheffield Brass Band.

The audience in attendance at The Crucible theatre were given strips of blue plastic through which to view the film, to replicate the experience of the steelworkers who wore glasses with blue lenses to protect their eyes from the glare of the molten metal.

Commissioned by BBC Storyville and BBC North in Association with the BFI using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Past Screenings

12th June 2013 – Sheffield Doc/Fest

8th January 2014 – Curzon Chelsea, London

26th January 2014 – BBC4 Storyville 9:00pm

Future Screenings

The Big Melt is available on BBC iPlayer until 8th April