Sheffield Doc/Fest will premiere From the Sea to the Land Beyond, a cross-platform documentary that will use 100 years of BFI Archive footage to deliver a one-hour “poetic meditation on the British coastline,” according to organizers.
The project was commissioned by The Space, an on-demand digital arts service from the Arts Council in partnership with the BBC, and produced by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover Labs. The film component of the project will be directed by award-winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock (The Wet House, Shakespeare on the Estate) and will premiere on June 13, with a live musical score composed and performed by UK band British Sea Power.
The interactive component will allow users to mash up hundreds of coastal clips from the BFI National Archive with tracks from British Sea Power to create their own “video postcards.”
“To be offered the chance to direct such a lyrical cinematic piece is an absolute dream request, I leapt at the chance to do it,” said Woolcock about the project.
“This is the first time Sheffield Doc/Fest has produced a project especially for the festival, and we are thrilled that such amazing people have come on board the project with us,” added Sheffield Doc/Fest director Heather Croall.
The BFI is handling world distribution rights including theatrical, non-theatrical and DVD in the UK with a proposed release date of 2013.