16 ottobre 2021


E' invece già disponibile in un doppio dvd del British Film Institute Great Noises that Fill the Air, un'interessante raccolta di produzioni indipendenti in parte sostenute dall'Arts Council poco conosciute e dedicate a movimenti musicali antiaccademici e innovativi nel periodo dal 1978 al 1996, con particolare - ma non esclusiva - attenzione alle culture reggae e dub, asiatica, caraibica e africana e ai loro influssi sulla scena britannica. Spiccano soprattutto gli ampi ritratti di Linton Kwesi Johnson, Elizabeth Maconchy, Cornelius Cardew, Max Eastley, Steve Reich e Mike Westbrook, quest'ultimo rappresentato dal film Music in Progress di Charles Mapleston (1978) diffuso pochi mesi fa anche nell'ambito della rassegna The WestbrookJazz Moving Picture Show.

Originally produced for the Arts Council between 1978 and 1996, these rare archive films showcase a diverse range of rich, inventive approaches to the urgent social and political contexts and motivations that trigger music and art making. In the second half of the twentieth century Arts Council funding enabled independent filmmakers to push hard at the creative boundaries of documentary production, enabling an eruption of diverse, dynamic, cutting edge works able both to stimulate the intellect and enflame the senses. From the streets of Brixton and Manchester, via leafy suburbs, to junk yards, punk venues and inner-city community centres, this carefully curated selection documents, celebrates and showcases an eclectic mix of music, poetry and spoken word performance, in a collection of film and video works made between 1978 and 1996, and rarely seen since. By turns poetic and impressionistic, personal and experimental, these bold works all highlight the potential of documentary to challenge, celebrate, excite, fight and inspire.