The Fleet: Drifters & Seiners

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The Fleet: Drifters (1929)

Sound artist, nature beatboxer and composer Jason Singh has previously created work for a diverse range of organisations and artists including the BBC, Earthshot Prize, WOMAD, Kew Gardens, RNLI, National Trust, Tate Britain, and Sir David Attenborough to name just a few. 

Originally commissioned by BFI, Jason performs his critically acclaimed, and totally unique solo scorelive soundtrack live to John Grierson’s monumental silent documentary film Drifters. Premiering alongside Battleship Potemkin in 1929, Drifters follows North Sea herring trawlermen through their dramatic daily routines as well as the industry’s struggles between tradition, modernity, and nature.

Combining live vocal sound effects, beatboxing techniques and live sampling, Jason creates a thrilling cinematic experience.

Seiners (premiere)

Weaving ghostly fragments of the south west seine fishing heritage alongside atmospheric visuals by Common Ground, Sarah Acton and local guest artist Emily Burridge premiere new poetic and musical work Seiners.

Real conversations, records, walks and memory talks form inspiration for this series of sketches that remember fishing communities, seine boats and everyday life along the coast to link the story of these communities to the wild coastal seasons and cycles of mackerel, salmon and pilchards once fished in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall; where voices and music drift into the memory sea.

Emily Burridge is a virtuoso cellist, whose deft improvisational and composing skills has seen her music used for film and documentaries.

Running time: 60mins + interval

“So powerful and so beautifully done”

Mark Kermode, The Observer

Film credits:  Director: John Grierson  Classification: PG – Suitable for general viewing  

Project credits:  Produced by Sound UK. Funded by Arts Council England. Sound track originally commissioned by BFI.