We Are One Retrospective – Offerings from the BFI

The BFI London Film Festival provided several high quality contributions to the We Are One Global Film Festival – two silent film restorations and the New UK Filmmakers Short Film Program.

The Epic of Everest (1924)

Restored by the BFI in 2013, including the original strategically placed colour tinting. Documents the Mallory-Irvine expedition’s attempt to scale Everest. The original score by Simon Fisher Turner is wonderfully evocative of the environment and incorporates some original sound recordings from the expedition. Great historical document with beautiful scenery.

Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)

The second of three silent films made by Indian writer/actor Himanshu Rai in collaboration with German director Franz Osten, restored by the BFI in 2017 with an original score commissioned from Anoushka Shankar. Filmed on location in India with a local cast of thousands, this is the story of Shiraz (a potter’s son) and Selima, child survivor of a bandit ambush. Selima is abducted and sold into slavery to a Prince who falls in love with her. Shiraz tries to rescue her, but is rejected, and ends up designing the Taj Mahal in her honour after her death years later. Very well made with a magnificent score.

Over (2015, 14 min)

A death in a suburban London street is reconstructed through a series of static shots of the street from different angles in reverse chronological order. Slow but satisfying. (Available for viewing at director Jörn Threlfall’s website.)

Masterpiece (2017, 7 min)

A group of people try to understand their friend’s art project.

Vertical Shapes In a Horizontal Landscape (2018, 5 min)

A hauntological visit to artists’ houses in SE London from Mark Jenkins (Bait [2019]).

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