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From the Sea to the Land Beyond [DVD] [2012]

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  • Directors: Penny Woolcock
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Full Screen, Black & White, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009XD7M10
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,431 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

FROM THE SEA TO THE LAND BEYOND

A film by Penny Woolcock

This fascinating and moving film by award-winning director Penny Woolcock is a lyrical portrait of Britain's coastline, created through an exquisite combination of evocative archive footage drawn from the BFI National Archive and stirring music.

Brighton-based band British Sea Power set the course for this cinematic voyage with an original score that ebbs and flows with the natural sounds of seagulls, ships and snippets of speech to create a deeply compelling and uniquely uplifting film experience.

Special features

  • Making the Sea and the Land Beyond (2013, 24 mins): documentary featuring interviews with British Sea Power, Penny Woolcock, and producers Heather Croall and Mark Atkin.
  • SS Saxonia in Liverpool (Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon, 1901, 3 mins): footage of passengers and crew boarding the SS Saxonia.
  • Cunard Mail Steamer Lucania Leaving for America (Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon, 1901, 3 mins): early footage of the Lucania passenger liner.
  • Beside the Seaside (Marion Grierson, 1935, 21 mins): Londoners flock to the south coast to enjoy themselves by the seaside during a heatwave.
  • Worker's Weekend (Ralph Elton, 1943, 13 mins): the workers of the Vickers Armstrong factory in Broughton assemble a Wellington Bomber in the record time of 24½ hours.
  • Caller Herrin' (Alan Harper, 1947, 18 mins): the story of British herring fisheries from Lerwick to Lowestoft.
  • Introductions to all the short films by Penny Woolcock.
  • British Sea Power in Rehearsal (Ian Potts, 2012, 5 mins): footage of the band working on the film score.
  • Film and location identification track.
  • Fully illustrated booklet with an introductory essay by Penny Woolcock, film notes and credits.

UK / 2012 / black & white, and colour / English language / 73 minutes / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 / DVD9 / Region 0 PAL / Dolby Digital stereo audio (320 kbps)

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Not a word is spoken, and yet this film manages to convey, in a very evocative way, the essence of the working lives of ordinary British people of each decade of the twentieth century. I think the most remarkable aspect of it is the way it reveals the social and collective spirit of the first few decades of the twentieth century as a major driving force of British society and British Industry. One cannot fail to be moved by the innocence of our hard working and less enlightened ancestors, nor fail to be deeply saddened by the central theme of the slow, but inevitable decline of that society, its industry and its innocence....all brilliantly complimented by the superb music.

And yet, despite the poignant sense of loss that this journey makes us feel, there is another theme of timelessness that the scenes of the sea and lonely coasts symbolise. From the very first scratched, back and white footage of the ocean, of the gulls and of the beaches right up until to the very last colour scenes, the essence of those seascapes remains unchanged. Nature remains unchanged. The gulls still flock, the waves still sweep the coast, and despite the upheavals of industry and society, the human spirit goes on essentially unchanged.
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This is a gem of a film, and I fear I am about to gush; it is one to be savoured with the volume turned up loud, and all possibility of interruption pushed as far away as you can muster without becoming too aggressive. Tracking shots of gulls - how long can that hold my imagination? Plenty, believe me, and this film offers a whole social and economic history of the Isles to boot; all through the lens of what comes in and out of the ports, clips of extraordinary candour - some from the very beginning of the age of moving pictures (face to face with Edwardians, peering proudly, gauchely, at the camera - as though they were looking into a portal directly into the future - which it turns out they were...) and marching forwards to modern day. The editing is seamless, superb, quite breathtaking - unlike most documentary film with know-it-all narration, this one gives you time to think, and feel - and the absence of narration is simply a huge relief, particularly as much of the film was shot without sound. Did I mention the soaring British Sea Power soundtrack? This is a band that ploughs a thoroughly different furrow, and this is marvellous stuff, even for their own high standards - sensitive, stirring, haunting sounds that echo much of their magnificent recorded work, but which is also new, different and perfectly supports the images. Oh, I could go on, but I am off to watch it again instead.
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I have just watched this on TV & it is the most wonderful thing I have seen in years. Without doubt the music, by British Sea Power, turned the film from an already above average compilation of archive footage, into an absolutely marvellous TV jewel, pretty much worth the licence fee all by itself.

I am placing my pre-order for this DVD the moment I complete this review. Back-ordering British Sea Power's entire back catalogue (I somehow seem only to have one of their albums so far!) is probably in my future too.
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Completely mesmerising footage matched by a sympathetic soundtrack. No commentary needed. To me it is a companion piece to the superb 'Miners Hymns' (film by Bill Morrison, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson ) or 'Patience After Sebald', where we have just sound and image, rather than a celebrity 'over explaining' what we are seeing. These films allow the viewer to construct their own narrative and unfurl the 'story' at a natural pace. Immerse yourself.
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Just watching this on telly now - and it is captivating. Amazing footage from the 1900's onwards with a fab sound track. Can;t wait till this is released!! Will definitely be buying this when it comes out. SO great to see all of our heritage captured like this - all original footage carefully put together over the years, from kids playing on the beech in their hand knitted swim wear, to footage of women building planes in factory during the war.

GET IT NOW!!!!!!!
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I have just watched this film on BBC4, and what can I say? If you are young, this montage of old and more recent film clips will illuminate our past, our history, our people, and maybe inspire you, and if you are getting old like me, it will fill you with nostalgia and maybe sadness at what we were, and are no longer. All set to a beautiful and atmospheric soundtrack by the excellent British Sea Power. Definitely a pre-order item - I can't wait to watch it again, even though it choked me up!
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A friend gave me this and I've now bought two copies for friends.
Interesting visually, maybe could have had less early film footage but that is a personal opinion. Soundtrack by British Sea Power deserves a close listen. Overall an informative and highly enjoyable work of art.
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I missed the live performance at the Sheffield Documentary Festival and was pleased it was shown on BBC 4 shortly afterwards but was still keen to own a personal copy. The clips have been put together so skilfully with the perfect accompaniment by British Sea Power that I wanted to watch it again as soon as it had ended as there was too much to take in. I love it so much I have bought more 2 more copies as gifts
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