Sound And Vision At The Great Escape

In News by Paula Hammond - Features Editor

The Great Escape announces its exciting new partnership with Raindance Film Festival, a music festival first for the original voice of independent film in the UK. This collaboration will see music and film fans united as two of the country’s leading festivals of discovery come together to celebrate new music and new film.

The partnership will be launched at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, where Brighton’s Bosco Theatre will become the elegant backdrop to the screenings of a selection of new music films, including Suede: Night Thoughts, a stunning visual accompaniment to the band’s latest album with an additional Q&A between the films’ director Roger Sargent, actor Alex Wilton, and Suede frontman Brett Anderson. Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk And Infiltrating The Mainstream, celebrates punk rock, looking back at the movement in Scotland featuring a conversation between director Grant McPhee, subversive Scottish post-punk label creator and cult hero Bob Last, and Douglas Hart, original founder of Scottish punk band The Jesus and Mary Chain. The screening of Big Gold Dream will be followed by an exclusive preview of sequel film Teenage Superstars, the second installment in the ‘Sound Of Young Scotland‘ story.

The Raindance film strand will be open to all festival goers as well as separate tickets being sold, opening the festival up to a wider audience.

In addition Raindance will be running a Short Film Competition encouraging would be film makers to capture what music, film, and Brighton means to them. Five finalist films will be selected by an illustrious judging panel to be screened exclusively at Raindance Film Festival 2016, with one winner receiving £1,000 in credit to be redeemed against any of Raindance’s film training courses.

MAMA Festivals CEO Rory Bett says: “The partnership between MAMA and Raindance is going to be one of the outstanding highlights of this year’s Great Escape Festival. The ethos of both festivals is all about discovery and finding the best new talent, it’s such an exciting step for us to be merging music and film in this way.”

Raindance founder Elliot Grove says: “Filmmakers have much in common with their music colleagues. I am proud and delighted to be associated not only with the brightest new musicians but the premiere music festival of Discovery – The Great Escape!”

The partnership will also see a live music event at the 24th Raindance Film Festival, taking place 21 September – 2 October 2016, which will be curated by The Great Escape.