Im Rahmen der Reihe “Female Currents” zeigt das Berliner Kino Lichtblick am 12. November den im vorigen Jahr fertiggestellten Film “The Myths and the Legendary Tapes”, in dem Regisseurin Caroline Catz dem Leben und der musikalischen Arbeit der Komponistin, Mathematikerin und Gründerin des Radiophonic Workshop nachspürt. Der semifiktionale Dokumentarfilm, in dem Catz in einigen nachgestellten szenen selbst die Künstlerin spielt und in dem auch Cosey Fanni Tutti als Remixerin von Derbyshires Archivaufnahmen auftritt, wird erstmals in Berlin und in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Soundwatch Berlin Music Film Festival gezeigt.
“Delia’s story is told through two archives: the first, a collection of lost works, 267 reels of quarter-inch magnetic tape recordings of Delia’s work found in her attic after her death, the other, her school books, paintings and keepsakes, discovered in her childhood bedroom. The combined archive, which now resides at Manchester’s John Rylands library, is an incredible resource of unfiltered material. Delia’s poetic collages and atmospheric soundscapes reveal themselves as intriguing expressions of her extraordinary inner life. The drama begins with Delia Derbyshire as a time-traveller and imagines a visitation where she brings with her fragments, objects and sounds from her past to bring her struggle and vision to life, finding solace in deeply personal soundscapes. Her struggle with alcoholism, frustrations at her contribution been downplayed in a predominantly male workplace as well as her intense artistic collaborations and life on the fringes of relationships are all explored in the film —all themes that collapse into sound, texture and harmonies.
Delia is portrayed through a mix of observation and imagination. No single perspective would be sufficient to gain a true understanding of Delia. The docudrama replaces biography and a biopic style with something more lyrical. Its playful, psychedelic mix utilises archival materials, interviews with her collaborators and dramatisations while honouring the BBC Radiophonic Workshops arranger-composer’s own questing spirit. This is a life story told through sound using both Delia’s own pieces of music alongside a soundtrack constructed from samples chosen with musician and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti from Delia’s attic tapes. It explores the fantasy of a collaboration, an exchange of ideas across eras between two fascinating musicians. It celebrates independence and imagination and looks at how, when that energy is evoked by women and creates a spark, the pattern seen throughout history is that it is often dismissed, ridiculed or downplayed.” (Anti-Worlds Releasing)
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