Mordant Music: MisinforMation DVD

Various (Compilation), 1970-87


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Film Details

Directed by Various (Compilation)

Produced in 1970-87

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

MisinforMation came about as a result of the BFI asking mysterious music makers Mordant Music to re-score an array of 1970s and 80s public information films and documentary shorts produced by the COI - the Central Office of Information.

When the BFI took over management of the COI film collection it inherited hundreds of timecoded VHS compilations of the films. Musty and outmoded the format may be, but these tapes were, and still are, the main source of reference for the vast collection. Now housed in one of the BFI’s old nitrate viewing rooms, it was here that Mordant Music’s Baron Mordant was brought in to scroll, trawl, stumble, wind and re-wind his way through some of the wonderfully diverse films that now make up this DVD release.

Some of the films are well known – AIDS: Iceberg (1986), Magpies: House (1987) – and some are from the early career of now famous filmmakers, such as Peter Greenaway’s Inkjet Printer (Living Tomorrow 245) and The Sea in Their Blood. Others, such as Illusions, a film on solvent abuse (1983) and New Towns in Britain (1974) are here seeing the light of day for the first time since their original distribution.

DVD Details

Certificate: 18

Publisher: BFI

Length: 101 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 13th August 2012

Cat No: BFIVD898

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  • Booklet.

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