Leading experimental filmmakers Rammatik will be collaborating on a Northumberland-based project with musician Philip Selway from legendary rock pioneers Radiohead.
Rannvá Káradóttir and Marianna Mørkøre – the filmmakers behind Rammatik who left their native Faroe Islands to study dance and fashion in the UK - have been awarded the commission after being announced as winners of Northern Film and Media’s sixth national music filmmaking competition Sound + Vision.
The pair, who have amassed an award winning body of innovative and visually striking short films exploring the relationship between human movement, landscape and cinematography, were chosen from a shortlist of five by the project organisers and the Radiohead drummer.
They commission will see them collaborate with him on the video for his forthcoming single ‘It Will End in Tears’.
Filming will take place in amongst Northumberland’s stunning landscapes, with the resulting piece being premiered at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival - which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014 - on September 21 during a live performance from Philip Selway.
Commenting on their success, Rammatik said in a joint statement: “We are extremely excited to be collaborating with Philip Selway on this project. When we heard the track we knew straight away that we wanted to create a piece for his music.
“The initial idea is to create a mystical and mesmerizing atmosphere, using fragmented synchronized movements and imagery in a surrealistic context. Having filmed in the area before, we look forward to exploring further the natural resources of Northumberland.”
Philip Selway added: “Rammatik’s unique style had me hooked within the first few frames of their work. For me, their striking, androgynous, and almost austere images combine brilliantly with their playful and inventive choreography and musically sensitive editing. I’m really excited to be working with these very talented film makers.”
Jen Hedley of Northern Film & Media said: “We have always tried to use Sound + Vision to break new ground, so we’re really excited to be bringing together such distinctive talents on this edition of the project: a musician and filmmakers who are genuinely committed to redefining the boundaries of their respective art forms.
“As a North-East based agency it’s also a real pleasure to able to help show off the Northumbrian landscape on an international stage. We also hope to be able to support the filmmakers to use the excellent crew and other supporting services of the county.”
Melanie Iredale, director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Northern Film & Media to be inviting Philip Selway to Berwick to perform his new single for the first time, and to welcome back Marianna and Rannva, who we’ve worked with previously, to Berwick to present the premiere of this new collaborative video – it promises to be an exciting audio visual experience.”
For more information on the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, visit www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com