Mercury nominees have Film Festival role

Field Music
Field Music

This year’s Berwick Film Fesival can now boast a Mercury Music Prize nominee in its line up in the form of Sunderland’s Field Music.

The band’s original lineup will reunite for the first time since 2007 to provide a soundtrack to a 1920s fishing documentary.

‘Drifters’ was created by John Grierson – a pioneering Scottish filmmaker known for coining the term ‘documentary.’

The film follows the working day of a herring fishing fleet as they set sail from the Shetland Islands to battle the elements of the North Sea fishing grounds.

The newly-composed, cinematic score will be performed live at the festival by Field Music, led by Sunderland brothers Peter and David Brewis. Over the last ten years, Field Music have released four full-length albums and toured around the world as one of the most critically acclaimed bands to come out of the north east.

This commission sees the original line-up of Peter, David and Andrew Moore join forces again after six years.

Giving his thoughts on the commission, David said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be working with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival to create something quite unique, and it’s especially exciting that we’re going to do it with Andy back in the fold.

“We intended to take a breather from regular band activities this year after a fairly hectic schedule touring for the last two Field Music records and this is exactly the kind of project we wanted to make time for; something which forces us to think and work in a different way and which will hopefully spur us on to make something different and inspiring.”

‘Drifters’ – which originally premiered in 1929 alongside Eisenstein’s ‘Battleship Potemkin’ ­– will be presented for the first time with its new soundtrack in Berwick as part of the Festival before going on to tour to other cinemas and events across the UK.

The live event responds to the Festival’s theme this year, North by Northeast, which explores the region’s connections to the North Sea. This new commission has been supported by PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England, and will be performed on Friday, September 27 at The Maltings.

The performance joins Berwick’s artist in residence Cecilia Stenbom’s film ‘The Case’ in this year’s programme. The film, shot on location in Berwick, is currently in post-production.