This elegy, in film and music, to the coal-mining history of North East England, is the
product of an exceptional creative collaboration between renowned filmmaker Bill
(Decasia) and Icelandic musician and composer Johann Johannsson
Jóhannsson provides electronic music for this live performance of his eclectic
score, accompanying the renowned American Contemporary Music Ensemble
(ACME) and the UCLA Brass Ensemble, directed by Jens Lindemann.
Collaged from rare archive film footage and drawing on the region’s brass music
culture, The Miners’ Hymns celebrates the endurance, vibrant community and rich
culture that characterized the lives of those who worked underground.
2010 Bill Morrison / Hypnotic Pictures. An original commission for BRASS Durham International Festival 2010.
Produced by Forma.
Enabled by Northern Film + Media and the UK Film Council's Digital Film Archive Fund
supported by the National Lottery and Arts Council England.
PLUS BFI, Forma and ACE