Environments – City, Sea and Land. Three Films from the British Film Institute Collection

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In April, we are showing three documentary films about different environments: city, sea and land. The first on the 10th is about life in a Russian city in the 1920s. On the 17th, the film explores the relationship between the British people and the sea. Finally, on the 24th Paul Wright’s film looks at the mystical relationship between folk traditions, our environment and the land. The films all start at 7.30pm and admission is £5.00.

The films are three of the most famous full-length documentaries in the British Film Institute (BFI) Collection, who have given us permission to show them. 

Museum Director Stuart Burroughs will introduce each film and refreshments will be available to purchase.

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Date:10th April 2019
Time:7.30 pm
Venue:The Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Rd, Bath
Length:1 hr 8 min

Man with a Movie Camera is an experimental Russian film by Dziga Vertov and edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova. Vertov’s feature film, presents urban life in the Soviet cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow and Odessa. There are no actors. From dawn to dusk, Soviet citizens interact with the machinery of modern life as they work and play. To the extent that the film can be said to have “characters,” they are the cameraman of the film title, the film editor, and the modern Soviet Union they discover and present.

From the Sea to the Land Beyond (2015)

Date:April 17th 2019
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: The Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Rd, Bath
Admission: £5.00
Length: 1 hr 13 min

This film explores a century of life on Britain’s coastline with footage from the BFI National Archive. The film uses a mixture of colour and black and white footage that stretch back to the earliest days of movie making. It explores social history, life in wartime and peacetime, women’s history, and the rise and fall of fishing and shipbuilding. Directed by Penny Woolcock, this documentary feature film has an original soundtrack by British musical group British Sea Power.

Arcadia (2018)

Date: April 24th 2019
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: The Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Rd, Bath
Admission: £5.00
Length: 1 hr 18 min

Arcadia is a new film from BAFTA award-winning Scottish director Paul Wright that explores our complex relationship with the land. The film uses over 100 archive film clips from the last 100 years. It has a grand, expressive new score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).The film goes on a sensory, visceral journey through the contrasting seasons. It explores the beauty and brutality, magic and madness of our changing relationship with the land and with each other. Co-produced by Common Ground, Arcadia’s funding came from the BFI, Creative Scotland and the BBC.

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