Michael Nyman’s film Witnesses opens Night of Festivals 2012Jun 18th, 2012
ArtReach commissioned a new short film from Michael Nyman that was premiered at Night of Festivals 2012. The festival took place 21-23 June in Old Market Square Nottingham.
The film, Witnesses, was given its world premiere screening during the festival’s opening evening in the outdoor surroundings of Old Market Square, and was introduced live by Michael Nyman. Subsequently the film was shown on a loop in The Space at Nottingham Contemporary for the remainder of the Festival.
View a trailer for the film here:
Night of Festivals 2012 was devised by David Hill, ArtReach Director, to celebrate the values of freedom and independence through artistic innovation. Of the film project Michael Nyman said, “I am thrilled to be working once more with David and his team. Witnesses is inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s play Blood Wedding, with both Lorca’s life story and the events of the play hugely relevant to the themes of Night of Festivals.”
The film uses footage from the village in the now-deserted village near Almeria where the story on which Lorca based Blood Wedding took place. Inspired by the location and the concept, Nyman has created a new moving image work of his own using the atmosphere and buildings of the village and photographs from 1920’s wedding banquets, to create a third short as part of Nyman’s ‘Those who have been photographed’ series. Both Lorca’s life story and the events of the play are hugely relevant to the themes of Night of Festivals.
This commission follows a previous Nyman work created for ArtReach in 2010, Cine-Opera, a short film exploring a semi-derelict historic cinema in Mexico City.