Leading experimental filmmakers Rammatik have been announced as winners of Northern Film & Media’s national music filmmaking competition Sound + Vision. The move will see them collaborating on a Northumberland-based project with musician Philip Selway from legendary rock pioneers Radiohead.
Rammatik are Rannvá Káradóttir and Marianna Mørkøre – filmmakers who left their native Faroe Islands to study dance and fashion in the UK. Drawing on this training, they have since built up an award winning body of innovative and visually striking short films exploring the relationship between human movement, landscape and cinematography.
Having been chosen by the project organisers and Radiohead drummer Selway from a shortlist of five, the duo’s reward for their success is a £4k commission which will enable them to collaborate with Selway on the official video for his forthcoming single ‘It Will End in Tears’. Filming will take place in the visually stunning landscapes of Northumberland. The work will be premiered at a live showcase event featuring a performance from Selway on Saturday 21st September, during the 10th anniversary edition of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.
Commenting on their success the pair said: “We are extremely excited to be collaborating with Phillip Selway on this project. When we heard the track we knew straight away that we wanted to create a piece for his music. The initial idea is to create a mystical and mesmerizing atmosphere, using fragmented synchronized movements and imagery in a surrealistic context. Having filmed in the area before, we look forward to exploring further the natural resources of Northumberland.”
Describing his enthusiasm for the project, Selway said: “Rammatik’s unique style had me hooked within the first few frames of their work. For me, their striking, androgynous, and almost austere images combine brilliantly with their playful and inventive choreography and musically sensitive editing. I’m really excited to be working with these very talented film makers.”
This will be the sixth edition of Northern Film & Media’s flagship music and film project, Sound + Vision, which has previously seen collaborations with artists including SBTRKT and Bill Ryder-Jones. The Gateshead-based creative development agency are working on this edition of the project in partnership with record label Bella Union (Fleet Foxes, John Grant) and international arts and film curators Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.
Jen Hedley of Northern Film & Media said: “We have always tried to use Sound + Vision to break new ground, so we’re really excited to be bringing together such distinctive talents on this edition of the project: a musician and filmmakers who are genuinely committed to redefining the boundaries of their respective art forms. As a North-East based agency it’s also a real pleasure to be able to help show off the Northumbrian landscape on an international stage. We also hope to be able to support the filmmakers to use the excellent crew and other supporting services of the county.”
Melanie Iredale, Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Northern Film & Media to be inviting Philip Selway to Berwick to perform his new single for the first time, and to welcome back Marianna and Rannvá, who we’ve worked with previously, to Berwick to present the premiere of this new collaborative video – it promises to be an exciting audio visual experience.”
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