Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) bring the captivating film and their critically acclaimed soundtrack to life with a specially curated 9 piece band, featuring Adrian and Will, together with folk singer Lisa Knapp and a line-up of exceptional musicians and singers.
Will Gregory – lead synth, Mellotron, Korg MS-20, soprano saxophone
Adrian Utley – electric & acoustic guitar, Moog, Mellotron, baritone guitar
Ross Hughes - Musical Director, Microkorg, Circuit, clarinet, flute, baby bass & drums
Lisa Knapp – lead vocals
Victoria Oruwari – vocals
Emma Smith – violin, whistle, guitar, vocals
Francesca Simmons –violin, microkorg, Roland SPD, vocals
Zami Jalil – viola, Juno Alpha, Korg Microsampler, vocals
Ivan Hussey – cello, bass guitar, vocals
Released to outstanding reviews in 2018, BAFTA-winner Paul Wright’s Arcadia is an exhilarating study of the British people’s shifting relationship to the land. Through 100 years of archive footage the film explores the changing face of the British countryside over the last century.
Traversing nature and humanity, changing landscapes, rituals ancient and modern, it takes in folk carnivals, masked parades, water divining and harvesting.
Footage of landscapes, pre-industrial farming, and plants are interwoven with that of people, mythology, pagan and orthodox rituals. It tells of forgotten times with a riveting blend of poignancy, humour and the surreal.
Set to Adrian and Will’s powerful score of folk, classical, electronic dance music and archive recordings, Arcadia captures the beauty and brutality, the magic and madness of rural Britain.
“Certainly one of the greatest and most beautiful live cinematic experiences I've ever seen.” Jason Solomons, Film Critic
“a bizarrely seductive film… accompanied by an evocative score…a fever dream of British eccentricity.” The Times
"Wonderful, frightening, lovely and engrossing." Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music
“Adrian Utley and Will Gregory's documentary score has an instantly mesmerising sound…it's both beautiful and haunting. It's also essential.” The Quietus