Promonews - 17th Aug 2021

The fourth episode of the Silent Spaces series arrives at 19th Century education centre, Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire, for composer, lyricist and sarod player Soumik Datta's Fields of Hope.

This film from the series directed by Souvid Datta tells a tale of three young siblings who gradually absorb a message of a greener, fairer, more mindful future, brought to them from three figures who emerge from the forest around Hawkwood: renowned cellist Matthew Barley, British Asian singer Ashnaa Sasikaran, and composer, lyricist and sarod player Soumik Datta.

The track builds on nature’s sounds and harmonies to critique consumerism and overconsumption, while paying tribute to the venue’s conservational ecosystem. Souvid Datta’s film spans across Hawkwood’s orchards, greenhouses and natural waste management systems - reminding us that venues are not just their respective buildings but exist within wider eco-scapes. Ultimately, through music, the children rediscover their role within nature, gaining an urgent awareness of humanity’s climate impact.

The film follows previous episodes in the Silent Spaces series, shot at celebrated venues closed by the pandemic, including the British Museum and the Royal Albert Hall.

Credits

DirectorSouvid Datta
ProducerMelanie Cura Daball
Production CompanySdfilms
Executive ProducerSoumik Datta Arts
Director of PhotographySouvid Datta
GafferJerzy Gudjonsson
EditorSouvid Datta
ColouristSouvid Datta
CommissionerArts Council England
Other creditsCast: Olivia, Caleb, Lois & Charlene Olaleye Musicians: Vocals - Ashnaa Sasikaran; Cello - Matthew Barley; Music & Lyrics - Soumik Datta Documentary DOP - Natalja Safranova Mix & Mastering - Camilo Tirado Project Manager - Minal Mehta Senior Producer - Oliver Carruthers Co-producers: The British Museum, Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead, Depot Mayfield, Hawkwood College, WePresent, WeTransfer, Genesis Cinema, The Lexington, BBC Radio 3, Network Rail, The Space Arts, Arts Council England, Bagri Foundation, SD Films, Dishoom, Timberland Equipment: VI Rental & Yellow Cactus

Promonews - 17th Aug 2021

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