Symphony film aims to celebrate London life

PUBLISHED: 13:17 18 August 2017

London Symphony still

London Symphony still


Over 300 different location across London’s borough were used to make the film

The Filmbox Community Cinema in Beckenham will be showing a live score screening of the silent film, London Symphony, on November 17.

The film is a poetic journey through the city of London. It features over 300 different locations across the borough, and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year.

London Symphony is a cultural snapshot of the cosmopolitan nature of city life as it stands today, and a celebration of its diversity. It is also a modern day ‘city symphony’, a genre of filmmaking that flourished in the 1920s, and consisted of films that attmpted to build poetic portraits of city lide.

As well as serving as a king of virtual tourism, the filmmakers say they also “raise important and universal questions about the nature of community life in the modern era.”

The screening will be presented with a live performance of James McWilliam’s accompanying composition by the Convent Garden Sinfonia, conducted by Ben Palmer, and followed by a discussion featuring the filmakers.

Director, Alex Barrett, said: “By quietly observing the city and the inhabitants who move quickly thorugh it, I have attempted to capture something of life today, making Lonfon Symphony a meditation on the specific moment in which it was made.

“You could almost call it a time capsule, if tou will, for the city as it stands today - a day when, like many cities, London faces a challenge to its identity within the current political climate.

“As the years go by, this aspect will no doubt gain in importance, but in importance, but in acknowledging this one must not overlook the film’s strong contemporary relevance.

“Indeed in choosing to make the film in a style associated with the filmmakers of the 1920s, I have attempted to shine a new light on contemporary life, by looking at it hrough the lens of the past - much as historians make recourse to the past to make sense of the present.

“I hope that London Symphony will be seen as an important statement on unity and equality. And I hope that people can also sit back and simply enjoy.”

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