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The Big Melt


A hymn to Britain’s industrial past, with a soundtrack by Jarvis Cocker

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Soundtrack by Jarvis Cocker.

A special commission as part of the 100 Years of Stainless Steel celebrations, The Big Melt is a feature length elegy to the men and women who toiled in Sheffield’s steelworks and a hymn to Britain’s proud industrial past. Working with Sheffield’s own musical hero Jarvis Cocker, acclaimed director Martin Wallace has woven an exquisite tapestry of steel industry-related archival footage drawn from the BFI National Archive. Jarvis also provides the film’s stirring musical accompaniment, collaborating with a raft of Sheffield’s finest musicians, including a string quartet, a brass band, members of PULP, Richard Hawley, The Forgemasters and a youth choir.

Performed live at Sheffield’s celebrated Crucible Theatre at Doc/Fest 2013. The DVD includes the full archive-based film, plus a recording of the live event.

  • Interviews with Martin Wallace and Jarvis Cocker
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Jarvis Cocker, Martin Wallace and BFI curators
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SKU 5035673009994
Catalogue Number BFIVD999
Subtitle A film by Martin Wallace and Jarvis Cocker
Product contents <ul> <li>Feature length archive-based film.</li> <li>Recording of the live performance from Sheffield International Doc Fest 2013.</li> <li>Interviews with Martin Wallace and Jarvis Cocker.</li> <li>Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Jarvis Cocker,
Year 2013
Director Wallace, Martin; Cocker
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Colour Colour and Black/white
Sound Sound
Running time 70
DVD region 2
Certificate 12
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