- dir. Lizzie Thynne
- year. 2016
- country. UK
- run-time. 47.49 mins
- rating. U
£6 (£4.50 conc.)
Doors 6:00PM - Film 7:00PM
This modern take on the 'city symphony' is a striking portrait of Brighton in all its campaigning and bohemian glory set to a sumptuous orchestral score. Bohemian and activist pasts and presents cross-fade; the everyday and the carnivalesque are thrown into relief by the textures, rhythms and tones of music and montage.
A vibrant score by Ed Hughes animates daily activities and extraordinary events in the seaside town of Brighton, wittily echoing the silent classic, Berlin Symphony of a City (1927). All-weather bathers plunge into winter seas at sunrise. Residents work, commute, flirt and play and do surprising things in their offices. Homelessness and gentrification collide; we glimpse forgotten attractions in sparkling amateur movies from Screen Archive South East. 'Father Neptune' is dunked in a raucous ritual from 1951; 1930s marchers celebrate the anniversary of the Soviet Union and modern protestors commemorate Gaza. The elegant ferris Wheel, a contemporary icon destined for destruction, marks the passage of time. The day culminates in night-time revelry, astounding puppetry and the winter solstice festival, 'The Burning of the Clocks'. A kaleidoscopic view of this unique seaside town, which evokes the past in the present and the extraordinary in the everyday.
Brighton Symphony of a City was a Brighton Festival Commission for its 50th anniversary in 2016 where it premiered with a live performance of the score by the Orchestra of Sound and Light.
We will be joined by filmmaker Lizzie Thynne and composer Ed Hughes for a post-screening Q&A.