If one of the greatest regrets of your life is not having seen Björk live, here’s some thrilling news to lift your spirits. It may not be a live show, but seeing the costumes, hearing the soundscapes and witnessing the far-out antics that the revered Icelandic songstress is known for on the big screen, inside the BFI’s iconic cinema is definitely the next best thing.
As part of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, Bjork and her stunning concert documentary are coming to town. BJÖRK: BIOPHILIA LIVE presents Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project Biophilia in all its glory and features incredible live performances and reinterpretations of classic songs. Don’t expect it to be all so quiet or all so still though.
These performances, filmed last year at Björk’s Alexandra Palace show, feature a wildly innovative medley of digital and traditional instruments, as well as a few things we’ve never even heard of. Add animation and found footage, fused to incite a journey through cosmic phenomena, cellular studies and musical anatomy, and of course, David Attenborough, and you’ve successfully taken a mere peek at what Biophilia promises.
Created by talented Director-Editor duo Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, whose filmic work with Sigur Rós marked a shift toward popular visual culture for Icelandic music that we should all be pretty grateful for, and produced by Jacqui Edenbrow of Joy Division (2007) fame, BJÖRK: BIOPHILIA LIVE will be the BFI’s Sonic Gala film this year.
The 58th London Film Festival runs at the BFI from Wednesday 8th October to Sunday 19th October. There’ll be a full festival programme announcement on Wednesday 3rd September. You have precisely 12 days to work on keeping your cool until then, however, we won’t judge you if you can’t.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth