Bjork is without doubt my favourite musical artist. I might not always love every album but her inquisitiveness and boundless experimentation make her truly one of a kind. Biophilia Live brings to a close her latest tour in glorious fashion. Opening with David Attenborough’s narration introducing the show this is no ordinary concert video as Bjork and her directors, Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, create a rich audiovisual experience blending nature, music and technology to striking effect.
It might resemble a lengthy Guinness commercial at times but Lynne Ramsay’s oneiric ode to Britain’s waterways and cinema is a haunting, poetic and often exhilarating treat. Shot in sumptuous black and white this short film, produced as part of the London 2012 festival programme, follows the journey of a swimmer as he navigates British rivers and canals eavesdropping on the sounds of some of the nation’s most famous cinematic works.
I can’t wait to sink beneath its inky black waters again.
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Although highly regarded by many I'm still not convinced it is appreciated as much as it should be. For me this is one of the finest science fiction films of all time, perhaps not as influential as Metropolis, Blade Runner et al but every bit as brilliant.
It manages to achieve what many sci-fi films do not, it manages to not only deliver a unique dystopic concept but also deliver a rich and moving emotional journey too. Too often genre…