I’ve recently finished work on the soundtrack for an experimental film by the brilliant artist Jennet Thomas (our second collaboration) and I’m extremely pleased to say it’s being screened on a mini-tour of the UK this month.
“THE UNSPEAKABLE FREEDOM DEVICE” is a wild, fantastical vision of a distant future (or perhaps a parallel past?), where magic and technology are indistinguishable and a kind of cargo cult has arisen around the image and ideas of Margaret Thatcher. Two women journey across a haunted landscape, with a green baby in a box, arriving at a frenzied, climactic conference at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
Watch the trailer here:
Echoing the ambiguous feeling of what is past and what is future, much of the music is based on mangled and repurposed versions of songs by renaissance composer John Dowland, including a performance of his beautiful “Flow My Tears,” re-imagined for a choir of analogue synths.
The film has caused something of a stir among Blackpool councillors, apparently consumed by the idea that a science-fiction fantasy film might influence voters in the forthcoming general election. You can read about the postponements and weird political machinations it’s caused here.
Anyway, come and see it screened at one of these venues:
GRAND UNION : BIRMINGHAM 9th April
PRIMARY : NOTTINGHAM 16th April
OUTPOST : NORWICH 23rd April
CUBE : BRISTOL 30th April
The film will be accompanied by talks, performances and debates on each date.
There’ll be a big show in BLACKPOOL and a screening in LONDON post-election, if the world hasn’t ended by then.