Sound and Vision Collide at the Foyle Film Festival

Sound and Vision Collide at the Foyle Film Festival

An exclusive one-day exploration of the collision between music and moving image will take place on Friday November 22 as part of this year’s Foyle Film Festival. 

The ‘Sound and Vision’ day at the Nerve Centre will explore the part music plays in television, films, and computer games, as well as giving screenings of the Chemical Brothers’ live film Don’t Think and the French documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, live scored by Stuart Braithwaite of the band Mogwai.

The event has been organized by Generator NI, a new three-year music industry development programme for Northern Ireland, in partnership with Honeycomb - Creative Works. 

Ross Graham, Generator NI project director, said: ‘Our everyday experience is increasingly coloured by the interplay between music and moving image – in film, games, ads, YouTube, you name it, the music, interactive and screen industries continue to converge. This Sound and Vision programme examines some of the most creative collaborations and collisions.

‘The event will also give an invaluable opportunity for artists, labels, managers  and digital content creatives to meet, network and learn together.’

All events are free. Visit to reserve your place.

The Sound and Vision events are as follows:

11am - 1pm 

Workshop - how to place your music in film, trailers, television, advertising and computer games with Adrian Cooke and Dex Lush (Portmanteau) / Nerve Centre Cinema

Portmanteau is a UK music agency that represents a range of record labels, publishers and artists in order to place their music in audio-visual productions from around the world - online, on television and in film. They cover both master and publishing copyrights in the majority of cases and so can clear for use quickly and in 'one-stop'. They’ve placed across all media - from The Fast and The Furious trailer to The Iron Lady, from Xbox to Adidas. They’ll take the audience on a comprehensive journey through all aspects of music placement.

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Inside the music supervisor’s mind - Ian Neil (with Q and A) / Nerve Centre Cinema

Ian Neil will discuss the vital role of the music supervisor and take a closer look at the part music has played in a number of films. A music supervisor requires not just an encyclopedic knowledge of music but also an instinctive sense of which song or piece of music will add value to any given scene. Some of cinema’s most iconic moments stem from using the right track at the right time – Stealers Wheel’s ‘Stuck In the Middle With You’ in Reservoir Dogs or the Rolling Stones’ ‘Tell Me’ in Mean Streets, for example. Ian Neil is one of the film industry’s leading music supervisors, having lent his expertise to films such as Snatch, Kick Ass, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Control, Nowhere Boy, Sex & Drugs & Rock’n’Roll and 127 Hours. We’re delighted to welcome Ian to play some of his most memorable scenes in film and talk through the pathway towards the music use.

3.30pm - 6pm

Screening of The Chemical Brothers live film ‘Don’t Think’ and creative session with director Adam Smith (with Q and A) / Nerve Centre Cinema

Join director Adam Smith for an hour-long workshop on the collision between music and image, followed by a screening of Don’t Think. Adam will play extracts from some of his work in music videos (including with long term collaborators The Streets) through to chatting about directing ‘the greatest episode of Doctor Who there has ever been’ (The Guardian). Joining him on stage will be actor Mark Monero, and together in the cinema they’ll recreate some of the live visual effects used in Don’t Think - including the iconic LED man. You’ll not believe your eyes when you see how it was done. Described by Mojo Magazine as ‘a psychedelic masterpiece’, Don’t Think captures a 2011 performance of The Chemical Brothers at the Fuji Rocks Festival in Japan. An unmissable event.

10pm - 1am

Screening of ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’, live scored by Stuart Braithwaite DJ set (Mogwai) / Sandinos

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is a 2006 French documentary film focusing on the playing style of the French football player Zinedine Zidane. The film is a documentary focused purely on Zidane during the Spanish Liga Real Madrid vs. Villarreal CF game on April 23, 2005 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and was filmed in real time using 17 synchronized cameras. During the last minutes of the match, Zidane was sent off as a result of a brawl. The screening will be accompanied by a DJ set from Stuart Brathwaite, the main creative force in Mogwai, the Scottish instrumental band who composed the original music for the film, and whose immense body of work continues to underscore extraordinary film and moving image.


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