Every so often you come across something new. It opens your eyes to a culture or world that you have little experience or understanding of. At the same time it can fit with issues you have been thinking about and open your mind to new possibilities. Sounds very dramatic… I will explain.
My Sky+HD box has a service called Sky Anytime which automatically records what it describes as unmissable TV to watch anytime that I desire. While browsing the selection I came across a film called The Full Monteverdi which uses Renaissance vocal music to create a contemporary drama. The film is sung throughout and the only other audio that can be heard is background noise from the setting (a restaurant). It’s an exceptionally powerful piece of film which is very moving to watch. I found a short segment of the production on YouTube and have included it at the top of this post. I didn’t have the privilege of subtitles when watching but I really don’t think they are needed as the the meaning is fundamentally created through the modes of gesture and sound (not necessarily language). It’s a really interesting text and I would really love to use it (or something similar) with upper KS2 when considering the affordancesof different modes within a meaning making system.
This film opened my eyes to a whole new world of music and film… it makes me wonder what else is out there and what I am missing out on.