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There’s an exciting new collaboration from North East Film Archive (NEFA) and Amber Films and North Shields musician Hector Gannet (otherwise known as Aaron Duff) and his band, all set to commemorate those lost at sea and raising awareness of the rich industrial heritage that the North East offers up.

There’ll be new and original material from Gannet and his band, all performed live alongside some archive footage of the North East of England. It’s a fascinating project that’ll pull together unique music and film in a truly interesting way, and is an important element of NEFA’s Moving North: Coastal program, and part of the BFI’s UK-wide Britain on Film project.

Moving North: Coastal is a new touring program of tailor-made film screenings, exhibitions, and short film compilations that will be drawing on the collections of the Yorkshire, North East and North West Film Archives, to show much of what the coastal communities of those areas are all about.

With areas rich in history from seaside resorts to ports and beaches, the North East coast is steeped in history, and the deeply melodic and inventive music that will be made to accompany over 100 years captured on film make this such an exciting project. Tyneside based Amber Films have also collaborated with the video for the song and for a forthcoming live event at Old Low Light on Sunday 24th September, with tickets available here.

It’s all a huge part of the celebrations for North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project, who have recently announced the completion of a successful campaign to raise £75k for a sculpture to be built which will commemorate those lost at sea. The sculpture “Fiddler’s Green” will be built by award winning Steel Fabrication artist Ray Lonsdale from County Durham, and will be unveiled on North Shields Fish Quay on Sunday 24th September, with the film and music performance forming  a bit part of the festivities.


Hector Gannet will also be performing a live set of music at NARCFEST on Saturday 1st July at The Cumberland Arms in Byker.

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