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From the Sea to the Land Beyond [DVD] 
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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.
- 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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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.
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent. Bought as a gift for my mother, who has never heard of BSP, but loved the film. The soundtrack alone makes it worth a watchPublished 19 days ago by President Kang
excellent content and gave a warm feeling seeing you such fantastic sights and happy peoplePublished 3 months ago by m.bell
Fascinating footage taking us back before WW1. Much enjoyed the soundtrack by British Sea Power which captured the mood. Must watch it again.Published 6 months ago by Tom Powys
This was a gift for my Grandad who was in the merchant navy so spent a lot of time at sea and around boats, he loved it and couldn't wait to put it on. Great gift for sea loversPublished 7 months ago by Lady Lol