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Directed by John Grierson

Live score by Jason Singh

UK, 1929

Cornerhouse, 6 November 2011


Grierson’s film follows fishermen as they go after herring in the North Sea.

It’s a complete picture of these men’s working lives, and has the odd idiosyncratic moment.  A crew member using a shovelful of hot coals to light his cig, that’s one that will stay with you.

Jason Singh’s score comes most into its own when the boat is leaving the safety of the harbor.  He also captures the industrial nature of the enterprise, the fish being caught to be taken to market.  As the boat later ploughs the sea, heading for home, the rhythm becomes mesmeric.