Announcing a new commission: Field Music "Drifters"


Announcing a new commission: Field Music "Drifters"

We’re excited to be able to give details about a second commission - a new, musical response to the seminal silent documentary, Drifters (1929).

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, the Mercury Prize-shortlisted band 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 reunite for the first time since 2007.

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 27th September at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema.

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