IFFC: Together (PG)

Wednesday 22 November

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IFFC: Together (PG)

UK/1956/52mins/PG Dir: Lorenza Mazzetti

In this refreshing and at times moving slice of everyday working-class life, set in London's East End, we follow two deaf-mute dockers in the midst of the wary, hearing community. This dialogue-free film made without synchronised sound by pioneering, Italian-born Lorenza Mazzetti, was first shown in 1956 as part of the British ‘Free Cinema’ movement, whose manifesto celebrated ‘freedom’ for filmmakers from orthodoxy and conservatism. Mazzetti cast her fellow-pupils at the Slade School of Art, painter Michael Andrews and the then unknown, 32-year-old Scottish-Italian artist Eduardo Paolozzi in the lead, who modelled his acting on Marlon Brando.

Presented with a newly commissioned score for saxophone and percussion by acclaimed musician/composers Raymond MacDonald and Christian Ferlaino this is a dynamic alternative reinterpretation of Mazzetti’s ground-breaking work.

Musician biographies

Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer who has released over 60 CDs and toured and broadcast worldwide and has written music for film, television, theatre, radio and art installations. Collaborating with musicians such as Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Evan Parker, David Byrne and Jim O’Rourke, he plays in many collaborative free improvisatory contexts and his roots in jazz and pop music can also be heard in his playing and writing. He is also Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at Edinburgh College of Art and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally.

Italian-born saxophonist, improviser, composer and ethnomusicologist Christian Ferlaino is a self-taught musician, who focuses on the intersections between composition and improvisation. His recent work focuses on the use of sound materials of Calabrian folk music, his birth place in the South of Italy, in a contemporary jazz and improvised music realm. 

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