Film + Music Salon

Join us for our Film + Music Salon

Thursday 10 September 11.00–12.30 (BST)

Please register using this link.

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What is it about?

What impact has Covid-19 had on artists, filmmakers, composers and creative producers working at the intersection of film and music, and producing collaborative projects? How do commissioners, festival producers, and practitioners face the challenge of presenting work when there are ongoing limitations at traditional venues, cinemas and festivals?

If you are involved in producing or programming work across film, music or archive then join us for our upcoming Film + Music Salon. We’ll explore the current challenges and potential ways forward with bright minds drawn from the world of collaborative film and music projects.

We will be joined by festival producers, Jo Wingate and Nigel Humberstone from Sensoria, the UK’s festival of film and music, and by Lisa Brook from Live Cinema UK and artist-filmmaker Esther Johnson, who are developing a new live cinema project, DUST & METAL.

They will kickstart the conversation by offering insights into their current work, collaborative projects and international connections. The session will be moderated by Joel Mills and Gary Thomas, Senior Programme Managers for the British Council’s Music and Film teams.

Who is it for?

This session is aimed at those based in the UK with a professional interest in film and music collaboration. you’ll be asked to confirm this as part of the registration. 

Places are free but spaces are limited.

What you'll need

To take part you will need a computer/laptop/tablet/mobile and wifi connection (preferably with video – and you’ll need audio if you want to contribute to the live discussion). You can simply click the link we send you to join directly from your browser, but if you download Zoom in advance you may find it easier to participate.

You’ll be able to submit questions or suggest topics in advance, or you can simply contribute on the live chat during the Salon.


Please register using this link.


We are working hard to make all of our online sessions accessible. If you require a live transcript we recommend – a free software system that live-transcribes audio on your laptop. The session will also be recorded and made available online.

The Speakers

Jo Wingate and Nigel Humberstone run Sensoria, the UK’s festival of film and music, taking place annually in Sheffield since 2008. Alongside a public programme of performance, screenings and exhibition, Sensoria Pro is a unique, informal industry gathering to discuss the latest innovations in music and the moving image.

Lisa Brook founded Live Cinema UK to advise on producing work for big screens with extra live performance and interactivity. Based in West Yorkshire, it’s now the UK’s leading organisation dedicated to producing, promoting and researching live cinema events, collaborating with over 60 partners across more than 10 countries.

Esther Johnson is an artist who works with moving image, audio and photography. Screenings include: London Film Festival; CPH:DOX; IDFA, Amsterdam; Sheffield Doc/Fest and Tate. Her archive feature film ASUNDER with live score was commissioned by 14–18 Now to commemorate the 1916 Battle of the Somme.

DUST & METAL will be a live cinema project that combines archive film with poetic new footage, exploring alternative stories of freedom and movement through the prism of Vietnam’s enduring love affair with the motorbike. Supported by the British Council Vietnam’s FAMLAB fund.

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