Following the Fleet: Drifters


Following the Fleet: Drifters
Director: John Grierson
Country / Year: UK / 1929
Event Duration: 1h 10m (40m film + 30min performer Q&A)
Classification: PG – Suitable for general viewing

Showing at Timespan 10 September 2016 at 19.30
Tickets:  £4.50 / £3 (concessions)

Beatboxer and composer Jason Singh performs his live vocal score to John Grierson’s monumental silent film Drifters. Premiering alongside Battleship Potemkin in 1929, Drifters follows

North Sea herring trawlermen through their dramatic daily routines as well as the industry’s struggles between tradition, modernity, technology, the environment and nature. Jason’s score is a totally unique performance combining live vocal sound effects, voice manipulation, beatboxing and live sampling to create an exhilarating cinematic experience.

This special live event launches Following the Fleet, a tour of Scotland’s major herring fishing ports produced by Shona Thomson and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland,and by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.


Jason Singh is a musician, composer, sound artist, creative facilitator, producer and performer whose work features an ongoing exploration and collaboration between the voice, body and music technology to vocally mimic nature, birdsong, wildlife natural phenomena, acoustic and electronic instruments. Collaborations and commissions include the BBC, Tate Britain, English National Opera, Sage Gateshead, Nitin Sawhney, Aidan O’Rourke, Scanner, Glastonbury Festival, Rajasthan International Folk Festival, and Celtic Connections.


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