Northern Film & Media in partnership with Generator ran the scheme Sound + Vision between 2008-2011.
In 2011 Sound + Vision: 35/45 was launched, an exciting evolution of Sound + Vision which in 2010 saw a remixed Jimmy and the Sounds working with filmmaker Villing Chong. Sound + Vision: 35/45 brought together the North East’s most cutting edge filmmakers and musicians to work with Domino Recording Co – one of the most successful independent record labels in the world and home to artists including Arctic Monkeys, Wild Beasts, Villagers and Franz Ferdinand.
Six of the best filmmakers in the North East were chosen to screen in front of an industry panel, including representatives from Domino and Bill Ryder-Jones at a live event at Cluny 2, Newcastle, which featured acoustic performances from the bands Symphonic Pictures, Ajimal and Toyger.
At the end of the event, the strongest filmmakers were commissioned to make a music video with Bill Ryder-Jones (sublime minimalist songwriter, formerly in The Coral). ‘Give me a Name’ was produced by Newcastle’s Pinball Films’ Karl Liegis and directed by Sean Conway, who most recently collaborated with Shameless creator Paul Abbott to pen Hit & Miss, Sky Atlantic’s debut UK drama.
It was in released November 2011 to wide critical praise, with The Observer describing it as “a joy, intimate and powerful”. The newspaper also said that “Ryder-Jones’ grasp of mood and the exquisite strings furnish If with sophistication”.
Click here to watch the video.