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Billie JD Porter heads C4 docuseries “Sound and Vision”

Channel 4 has commissioned a new four-part music documentary series which will look at socially-conscious icons in contemporary music. Sound and Vision, created and hosted by journalist and broadcaster Billie JD ...
June 7, 2017

Channel 4 has commissioned a new four-part music documentary series which will look at socially-conscious icons in contemporary music.

Sound and Vision, created and hosted by journalist and broadcaster Billie JD Porter, profiles some of the most innovative artists and music scenes of the current climate with the aim of telling wider stories about the power of music to inspire, and bring about change within society.

Across the series, Porter meets queer performance artist Mykki Blanco on the Bible belt of his U.S. tour. Porter also talks to rapper and producer Lady Leshurr, shining a light on the disappearance of community youth spaces across the UK.

Filmmakers are given intimate access to both musicians and their fans.

Sound and Vision is a real departure from everything I’ve made in the past, and the first time I’ve been given the opportunity to drive not only the editorial content, but the mood and aesthetic of a series as a whole,” said Porter, in a statement. “I began my career in music journalism, so it felt really good to be returning to that as a filmmaker.”

The series was commissioned by Jonny Rothery, commissioning editor for music and formats at Channel 4 and is directed by Siren Productions founder Nick Walters whose recent work includes Viceland’s hit series, Needles and Pins. The executive producer is Billie JD Porter. The series is set to air later this summer.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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