WATCH URSULA MEIER AND JOHN PARISH IN CONVERSATION VIDEO
Next in our series of published recordings from Encounters Festival 2015 is an event from our Music & Film strand, where we welcomed French-Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier and Bristol-based musician John Parish discuss their collaboration for Meier's 2012 film Sister, and the importance of music and sound in the filmmaking process.
THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 18TH 2015 AT WATERSHED DURING THE 21ST ENCOUNTERS FESTIVAL, DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT CAN BE FOUND BELOW:
Filmmaker Ursula Meier and musician John Parish in Conversation
Creative relationships are key to any successful film and perhaps none more so central but least discussed is that between moving image and music. In this special event we are delighted to welcome Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier who worked with Bristol based musician John Parish on her award winning feature film Sister (2012) to discuss the process of their collaboration and to share thoughts on the importance of music and sound in the filmmaking process.
Swiss director Ursula Meier is currently one of the main representatives of Swiss and European arthouse cinema. She started her career more than 20 years ago with the short film LE SONGE D’ISAAC (Isaac’s Dream), selected in competition at the Locarno film festival in 1994, while she was a student at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) in Belgium. In 1998 she releases the short film DES HEURES SANS SOMMEIL (Sleepless), also selected at Locarno and awarded at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival the following year. In 2001 her third short film TOUS À TABLE (Table Manners) premieres at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and is awarded with 3 prizes. Her feature films HOME (2008) and SISTER (2012) have received international acclaim, particularly at the Cannes Film Festival for the first one and at the Berlinale where SISTER was awarded a Silver Bear. This retrospective focuses on her first three short films while her latest short film QUIET MUJO (part of the omnibus feature film BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO) is selected in the international competition this year.
JOHN PARISH is an accomplished composer, solo artist, producer and collaborator, known for his work with PJ HARVEY , EELS, GIANT SAND and others. Parish has been writing for film, theatre and contemporary dance since the late ‘90s when his first score for ROSIE (Belgium, 1998 Dir. Patrice Toye) won the Jury Special Appreciation Award at the 1999 Bonn International Film & TV Music Biennale. He scored Ursula Meier’s last full length feature L’ENFANT D’EN HAUT (Sister) , winner of the special Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, and contributed music to her 2015 short film KACEY MOTTET KLEIN, NAISSANCE D’UN ACTEUR. Parish was a member of the international jury at the 2013 Gent Film Festival.
As a producer, Parish has been responsible for a string of ground breaking albums, most recently PJ Harvey’s Mercury Prize winning ‘LET ENGLAND SHAKE’, JENNY HVAL’s ‘INNOCENCE IS KINKY’, and ROKIA TRAORE’s ‘BEAUTIFUL AFRICA’. Other productions include SPARKLEHORSE, TRACY CHAPMAN, 16 HORSEPOWER, THIS IS THE KIT, PEGGY SUE and more.
As an artist he has co-authored two albums with PJ Harvey – ‘DANCE HALL AT LOUSE POINT’ (1996) and ‘A WOMAN A MAN WALKED BY’ (2009) – one album with EELS – ‘SOULJACKER’ (2001) , and released three albums under his own name on the acclaimed Thrill Jockey label – ‘HOW ANIMALS MOVE’ (2002) , ‘ONCE UPON A LITTLE TIME’ (2005) and ‘SCREENPLAY’ (2013), a compilation of his film music drawn from several scores including ‘Sister’ and Patrice Toye’s new film ‘Little Black Spiders’.
(Photograph credit: Matias Corral)
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