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From the Sea to the Land Beyond (DVD) BFI


This fascinating and moving film by award-winning director Penny Woolcock is a lyrical portrait of Britain’s coastline, created through an exquisite combination of evocative archive footage drawn from the BFI National Archive and stirring music.

Brighton-based band British Sea Power set the course for this cinematic voyage with an original score that ebbs and flows with the natural sounds of seagulls, ships and snippets of speech to create a deeply compelling and uniquely uplifting film experience.

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Special Features

Making the Sea and the Land Beyond (2013, 24 mins): documentary with interviews with British Sea Power, Penny Woolcock and producers Mark Atkin and Heather Croall
S.S Saxonia in Liverpool (James Kenyon, Sagar Mitchell, 1901, 3 mins): passengers and crew boarding the SS Saxonia
Cunard Mail Steamer Lucania Leaving for America (James Kenyon, Sagar Mitchell,1901, 3 mins): early footage of the Lucania passenger liner
Beside the Seaside (Marion Grierson, 1935, 21 mins): Londoners flock to the South Coast to enjoy themselves by the seaside during a heatwave
Worker's Weekend (Ralph Eaton, 1943, 13 mins): the workers of the Vickers Armstrong factory in Broughton assemble a Wellington Bomber in the record time of 24-and-a-half hours
Caller Herrin' (Alan Harper, 1947, 18 mins): the story of the herring fisheries from Lerwick to Lowestoft
Introductions to all the short films by Penny Woolcock
British Sea Power in rehearsal (Ian Potts, 2012, 5 mins): footage of the band working on the film score
Film and location identification track
Illustrated booklet with an introductory essay by Penny Woolcock, film notes and credits