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Everything Flows: How Movies Inspire Music

Behind the Screen

Tue 22 Aug 2017
Screening Room
South Wing

Movies have long relied on music to bring them to life, and the process of soundtracking a film is well-understood and much-discussed. However, how are musicians inspired or influenced by movies?

Movies have long relied on music to bring them to life. However, how are musicians inspired or influenced by movies? Can traces of films, half-remembered or directly recalled, filter into songs, shape an album or help create a concept? As Summer Screen draws to a musical close with the Herbie Hancock-scored Blow-Up and the rap-fuelled comedy-drama Patti Cake$, we take a look at the relationship between cinema and music from the perspective of artists who draw on the world of film for inspiration.

Joining us for this very special event

Visionary multi-disciplined musician, performer and composer Barry Adamson, a former Bad Seed and David Lynch collaborator, who is capable of creating vivid images in the minds of his listeners.

Songwriter and performer Charlotte Hatherley, formerly of Ash, currently touring with Birdy and a successful solo artist, whose new collection of songs and videos, True Love, takes inspiration from science-fiction cinema.

Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey (aka Summer Camp) who helped create the film-essay Beyond Clueless and whose shimmering, romantic and atmospheric pop songs evoke the sensations of all our favourite teen movies

Geremy Jasper, former member of New York rock band The Fever and an in-demand music-video and commercials director whose blazing, brilliant debut feature Patti Cake$ has played at Sundance, Cannes and has its UK premiere on Wednesday 23rd August at Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. 


Doors open for evening events at 18.30 for a complimentary drink in the Behind the Screen bar, accessed from the River Terrace entrance via Waterloo Bridge. Talks start at 19.00 and last approximately one hour. 

Behind the Screen tickets give access to Behind the Screen events only. Tickets for film screenings must be purchased separately. In conjunction with a purchased ticket to Film4 Summer Screen, your Behind the Screen ticket gives you access to a reserved space in the courtyard for the main film.

Charlotte Hatherley - A Sign

True Love’s conceit is classic sci-fi: brokenhearted, the protagonist, Traveller, wanders a distant planet in search of love. Vangelis’s Blade Runner soundtrack is the obvious inspiration behind these ethereal soundscapes, although this is much more than derivative, fangirl fare. 

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