In London Thursday for a couple of client meetings, which had been conveniently arranged around the one off sceening and live scoring of the legendary docudrama 'Man of Aran' by renowned film maker Robert Flaherty. The live score was courtesy of British Sea Power, no stranger to this blog...
Tickets were courtesy of our friends at the Southbank Centre (as I missed the on sale date...d'oh) and as I settled down for the one-off performance I was looking forward to seeing something completely unique. A silent 1930s film scored by one of the UKs most unique and innovative bands? Pass the popcorn.
I wasn't disappointed. The film depicts the epic struggle of man against nature on a desolate island off the coast of Ireland and although it was only filmed around 70 year ago, it might well have been 300 years ago with so little of their existence changing over time. The music was a perfect accompaniment to the film - lush, powerful, sumptuous, moving. At times you really did forget that it was a silent film and there was a full band on stage.
I can't think of many bands who'd attempt something as ambitious as this (some might say pretentious, but I'd challenge that) and actually pull it off. Outstanding.