A live soundtrack to classic documentary Nanook of the North
One of the UK’s most innovative ensembles, melding heart-rending improvisation with gritty folk and roots music, Dead Rat Orchestra present their own live soundtrack to the classic, and possibly first ever, feature length documentary Nanook of the North. Released in 1922, R. J. Flaherty’s film portrays “love and life in the actual Arctic”, following the daily trials of Inuits on the edges of the Arctic circle.
A film not without its controversies: following the performance, Professor Marcus Banks (University of Oxford) led a discussion alongside Dr Charlotte Gleghorn (University of Edinburgh) and Dead Rat Orchestra, into the film’s complexity, examining Flaherty’s romanticised construction of a pre-industrialised Inuit family, and other ethical issues of representation and identity.
To book this project or discuss it further please contact Tim Hand, Producer, OCM.
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