London Symphony is a brand new silent film – a city symphony – which offers a poetic journey through London, a cosmopolitan city facing a challenge to its identity in the current political climate. Directed by Alex Barrett, and featuring an original musical composition by James McWilliam, it is an artistic portrait of the city as it stands today, and a celebration of its culture and diversity.
The film was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director/editor Alex Barrett.
“As a salute to London, Barrett’s work is to be celebrated in itself. But as it comes after a recent spell of significant distress and upheaval to the city and its inhabitants – both locals and tourists – it’s existence is all the more significant” – Jamie Neish, CineVue
“majestic and captivating… The profundity conveyed through the imagery is sublime… a wonderful aesthetic experience” – Neil Fox, The Cinematologists
“powerful, political, provoking” – Andrew Robertson, Eye for Film
“This virtuoso display of editing weaves together a staggering volume of footage of contemporary London, addressing a wide spread of themes and geography with knife-sharp monochrome cinematography” – Rachel Brook, One Room With A View
“unlike anything else…a real delight, and one that will linger in the memory” – Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys