‘ASUNDER’ – Upcoming workshop with Esther Johnson and screenings of Asunder this weekend
Screenings of ASUNDER
On Sunday 28 March ASUNDER will screen in Hanoi, Vietnam, followed by a live video linkup Q&A with Esther discussing the making of ASUNDER and her new film DUST & METAL working with the Vietnam Film Institute. Find out more on Facebook.
In addition, running from 01 March – 30 April 2021, YourScreen F-rated Virtual Cinema screenings supporting independent and community cinemas is featuring ASUNDER. These screenings include the options of turning on:
CC (Closed Captions) for deaf and hard of hearing audience members, and
AD (Audio Description) for blind and partially sighted audience members. Find out more about the YourScreen Virtual Cinema screenings of ASUNDER here.
There is also an online pre-recorded Q&A with Esther about the making of the film, hosted by Mia Bays, director of Birds Eye View Film – view on YouTube here.
Leeds Young Film Festival workshop
On Saturday 10 April Esther has been invited to deliver a workshop for Leeds Young Film Festival on her use of archive film. In collaboration with the Make Film History project, this workshop aims to demonstrate the rich potential of using archive footage in developing new work. Find out more details, including an Eventbrite to sign up to, here.
ASUNDER tells the story of what happened to an English town during the First World War, with almost all of its men fighting abroad and its women and children left behind. ASUNDER has a soundtrack composed by Sunderland’s Mercury-nominated Field Music and Newcastle’s Warm Digits, performed with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and The Cornshed Sisters. The narration for the film is voiced by journalist Kate Adie, with the actor Alun Armstrong as the voice of the Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette.
Using archive and contemporary footage and audio, ASUNDER collages the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside to uncover just what life was like on the home front, with bombs falling on Britain for the first time, conscientious objectors sentenced to death, and women working as doctors, tram conductors and footballers. The narrative moves from an Edwardian golden era, in which sport grew in popularity and aircraft and cars pointed to a bright new future, to a war that horrifically reversed this progress. In the Battle of the Somme, British, French and German armies fought one of the most traumatic battles in military history. Over the course of just four months, more than one million soldiers were captured, wounded or killed in a confrontation of unimaginable horror.
Esther Johnson works at the intersection of artist moving image and documentary. Her poetic portraits focus on marginal worlds, revealing resonant stories that may otherwise remain hidden or ignored. Work has been exhibited internationally in 40 countries, and has also featured on television and radio. In 2012 Johnson won the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Performing and Visual Arts for young scholars. She is a Professor of Film & Media Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Find out more about Esther’s work here.
ASUNDER is co-commissioned by Sunderland Cultural Partnership and 14–18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sunderland Business Improvement District, Culture Bridge North East and Sir James Knott Trust.