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The Great Flood

Dir: Bill Morrison / USA 2013 / 78 mins

Cert (U)*

As Darren Aronofsky’s Noah steams towards multiplexes, this new film from Bill Morrison needs no digital trickery to show the damage that water can do. It’s built up from hours of archive footage filmed in 1927, when the Mississippi’s banks broke in 145 different places and forced thousands of people from their homes. There are some familiar sights – families fished from their front doorsteps into dinghies, a couple stranded on a car-roof – and like Hurricane Katrina, it’s a natural disaster that throws man-made inequality into sharp relief. Threaded through the whole film is a beautiful score by jazz legend Bill Frisell, who hints at the way this mass migration northwards helped to change music forever.

Filmmaker Bill Morrison will be present to introduce this UK premiere, and elsewhere in the festival we’ll be screening his previous works including Decasia and The Miners’ Hymns.



Date :
March 29, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Event Category:
Event Tags:
archive reuse, Bill Frisell, Bill Morrison, Birmingham-on-Sea, floods, Mississippi, Q&A, UK premiere
This event was part of Flatpack 8


mac birmingham
Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston
Birmingham, B12 9QH
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