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Björk: Biophilia Live

Nick Fenton, Peter Strickland
Great Britain 2014 / 97’

Music certainly soothes the soul. But can it change the climate and save the environment? Who better to prove that it is indeed possible if not a shaman from the land of geysers and glaciers, Björk. Four years ago, she composed 10 songs, and she dedicated an emotion to each one while also linking it with an element of nature (the moon, lightning, viruses, etc.). She released the songs on a new album, the eighth of her career, called Biophilia. But this was no ordinary album; instead, it was a series of applications, a collection of multimedia projects dealing with nature and its disappearing beauty. Musically, Biophilia is a continuation of the style from Björk’s previous album, once again using a 24-member choir, electronics, and specially made instruments. One of her concerts – fantastic multimedia spectacles – was filmed with the use of 16 cameras by two experts in the field of recording musical performances, Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, and then supplementary materials were added, including animations, photos of nature, and an introduction by David Attenborough. App-album created under Björk’s direction has been added to educational programs in Scandinavia.

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Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland was born in 1973 in Reading, England. He is half British and half Greek, and spent many years living in various corners of Eastern Europe, including Hungary and Slovakia. The 1997 Berlin Film Festival featured his short film, Bubblegum. Strickland made his feature-length debut, Katalin Varga, set in Transylvania, using inheritance from his uncle. The film screened during the 9th New Horizons Film Festival and received the Silver Bear in Berlin for achievements in sound recording. Sound plays a key role in Strickland’s work, and Strickland himself was an experimental musician prior to becoming a filmmaker.

Selected filmography

1997 Bubblegum (short)

2004 A Metaphysical Education (short)

2009 Katalin Varga

2012 Berberian Sound Studio

2014 Björk: Biophilia Live

Nick Fenton

He is a film editor. He has mainly worked on artistic (The Battle of Olgreave) and documentary projects, especially music-related (for example, All Tomorrow's Parties). The most important feature films that he has edited include Selfish Giant and Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and, more recently, The Double. Björk: Biophilia Live is his feature-length debut as a director.

Filmography

2014 Björk: Biophilia Live

Cast & Crew

director Nick Fenton, Peter Strickland
cinematography Brett Turnbull
editing Nick Fenton
cast Björk
producer Jacqui Edenbrow
production A Gloria Production in association with One Little Indian and The Wellcome Trust
sales Cinema Purgatorio
language English
colouration colour