Category: Channel 4

Grayson’s Art Club

★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH | Judith Woods
Appointment television is back – and it’s a bona fide masterpiece. In the midst of lockdown, a quirky Channel 4 series has brought the nation together and served up not just creativity but a slice of British life like no other.

 

During the Covid-19 lockdown, Grayson Perry, one of Britain’s leading creative talents, invited the UK to join his art club in a mission to unleash our collective creativity and unite the nation through art. A Swan Films production for Channel 4

 

My soundtrack for Grayson Perry’s Art Club is available exclusively on Bandcamp, with all ongoing proceeds from the release donated to Workshop 305 an arts-focused social enterprise in Wimbledon that works with people that have learning or physical disabilities. Their well-equipped, spacious studios offer a stimulating variety of art and craft activity, a friendly and supportive environment and the space for a group of individuals to share a sense of community, purpose and achievement. As a social enterprise, all of their profits are used to support the work that they do, both in-house and in the wider community.

 

 

Executive Producers: Neil Crombie and Joe Evans
Series Director: Christian Collerton
Editors: Rupert Houseman and Iain Pettifer
Composer: Alexander Parsons

Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage

It was such a privilege to compose the music for these four extraordinary and deeply moving films about the most important landmarks in human lives.

In this series, Grayson Perry explores the landmark events in all of our lives – birth, coming of age, marriage and death – and tries to reinvent them for our modern secular age. He travels the world for inspiration, spending time with communities in the Amazon, Indonesia and Japan to see how they treat these great moments. Back home Grayson then collaborates with British families to devise ceremonies that will mark a genuine milestone in their lives.

 

 

Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage
First Broadcast: 23rd August, 2018
Broadcaster: Channel 4

 

“Above all, it left one with a sense that there was something unifying and important about being human.” The Guardian | ★★★★★

“This is profoundly touching television. Keep the tissues handy.” Evening Standard

“A profound, and profoundly moving, exploration of the nature of great loss.” Radio Times

 

Directors: Neil Crombie & James House
Editor: Rupert Houseman and Jake Martin
Composer: Alexander Parsons
Production Company: Swan Films

 

Violin and Eurorack Synthesiser: Alexander Parsons
Cello: Klara Schumann
Vocals and Accordion: Tara Creme

Artist in Residence: The Football Club

Artist In Residence: The Football Club

Artist Tai Shan Schierenberg spends a season at West Bromwich Albion, during an incredibly turbulent period for the club.

He takes on the role of painter, narrator and interrogator in The Football Club, querying Tony Pulis, then manager of West Bromwich Albion, as he considered the inevitability of his club’s demise and his own position.

“It manages to be about failure, masculinity, creativity and community at the same time.. it gets my vote for the sheer ambition is pours into a commercial hour” – editor Chris Collins

 

Grierson Winner: Best Arts or Music Documentary
Broadcast Award Winner: Best Specialist Factual

 

Director: Marcus Plowright
Editor: Iain Pettifer
Composer: Alexander Parsons

 

 

Professor Green: Working Class White Men

In Britain today many working class white men feel demonised, forgotten and angry. Presented by Professor Green this documentary, directed by Christian Collerton, for Swan Films explores what life is really like for these men, why many of them feel abandoned, and what the consequences are for Britain if we continue to look away.

 

Working Class White Men (Channel 4) – Music Exceprts from Alexander Parsons – Composer on Vimeo.

 

My soundtrack features heavily processed piano, analogue synths and strings, recorded in London, Berlin and Paris. Recording of individual parts on to cassette tape, as well as granular techniques created a highly unstable sound with a distinctly human feel.

 

 

 

Filmed, produced and directed by Christian Collerton
Editor: Sam Santana
Exec Producers: Joe Evans and Neil Crombie
Production Company: Swan Films
Broadcaster: Channel 4

Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock

Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock, is a three-part documentary series on the grandest of scales about restoration work on the iconic clock tower, which will see the bells silenced for the next four years. Beginning with a feature-length episode, Anna Keay, Director of Landmark Trust, goes behind the scenes on this massive project, and talks to Parliament’s principal architect and the three clockmakers who have the challenging task of taking the gigantic mechanism apart for the first time in nearly 160 years. The programme also examines the history of the clock tower, revealing how it was almost never built in the first place.

Produced and Directed by Jenny Dames
Editor: Eddie Haselden
Executive Producers: Bernie Kaye and Will Smith
Broadcaster: Channel 4