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British Council to Fund Vietnam Archive Documentary DUST & METAL, Live Cinema UK

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The British Council have announced that Dust & Metal (Bụi và Kim loại), the second feature from director Esther Johnson (Asunder 2016), will receive funding of £50,000 from their Digital Collaboration Fund, enabling completion of the film in the face of significant barriers posed by the pandemic.

With production disrupted and travel not possible to complete the film in Vietnam, the Live Cinema UK-produced project will partner with the Vietnam Film Institute and Hanoi-based film collaborative TPD: The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents, to remotely produce an innovative archive documentary, sharing never-before digitised archive materials between Vietnam and the UK. Dust & Metal will utilise archive and newly shot footage to bring real stories of freedom in Vietnam past and present to the screen, through the unique relationship with the country’s ubiquitous mode of transport: the motorbike. A new electronic score by Vietnamese artist Xo Xinh and sound artist Nhung Nguyen will be devised with the unique aim of being performed live as a “cine-concert” for the project’s initial festival run.

The work lays new ground for the repositioning of, and accessibility to, rare archive film: in the vein of Johnson’s first feature Asunder, Dust & Metal will comprise primarily archive footage alongside newly shot footage from Johnson during initial production in Vietnam in late 2019.

Dust & Metal is the first feature project to be produced by Live Cinema UK, with founder Lisa Brook as producer. Dust & Metal is now in production with a completion date of Q4 2021, with a festival run in late 2021 and early 2022; premiere to be announced. The project is seeking festival engagements, sales representation and distribution in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.

All enquiries: lisa@livecinema.org.uk.

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