Sunday, 27 January 2013

From The Sea To The Land Beyond

They say that noone in Britain is ever further than 100 miles from the sea. Most people tend to have some sort of affinity with the sea, whether it is nostalgia of ice-creams in Brighton or riding the donkeys in Weston-Super-Mare. With this is mind, it is hard to imagine a person who could not be entranced by Penny Woolcock's film 'From The Sea To The Land Beyond'.
The film consists of precisely 73 minutes of footage unearthed from the depths of the BFI National Archive, starting from the 1900s up to the 2000s, illustrating the story of our coastline and her people. The sequence of images are not distorted by a pestering narrative telling us exactly what it is we should be seeing, instead the profound British band, British Sea Power were chosen to soundtrack the film. The end result is a beautifully honest and pure depiction of not only the history of the the British coast but the history of film too.

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