As part of our new festival, Autumn Reads: Modern Nature, we were delighted to present the world premiere of a new film. Strange Concord: Music and Words from Prospect Cottage, starring actor Ben Whishaw, aired for the first time on Sat 21 Nov and is available to stream for one month.
This beautiful and visceral film combines the words of Derek Jarman’s diaries, spoken by Ben Whishaw, with music composed over the same period of time by acclaimed composers John Zorn and Henryk Gorecki. Recorded live at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness. Acclaimed actor Ben Whishaw reads from Jarman’s Modern Nature journals inside the cottage on the starkly beautiful Romney Marsh. The special event of words and music will see Jarman’s thoughts, memories, observations and experiences interspersed by New York avant-garde composer John Zorn’s The Dead Man: 13 Specimen for String Quartet and Polish contemporary classical composer Henryk Gorecki’s Good Night Op 63. The 70-minute film sees Ben Whishaw making his way through the cottage and garden as daytime turns to dusk
Strange Concord: Music and Words from Prospect Cottage is produced in partnership with Screen South and supported by The Space and Arts Council England.