The Big Melt DVD

Martin Wallace, Jarvis Cocker, 2013

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Film Details

Directed by Martin Wallace, Jarvis Cocker

Produced in 2013

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

The Big Melt is a feature length elegy to the men and women who toiled in Sheffield's steelworks during the last century, and a hymn to Britain's proud industrial past. Working together, Sheffield's own musical hero Jarvis Cocker and acclaimed director Martin Wallace have produced an exquisite audio-visual tapestry using archival footage drawn from the BFI National Archive.

Jarvis Cocker provides the film's stirring musical accompaniment, collaborating with many of Sheffield's finest musicians, including a string quartet, the City of Sheffield Brass Band, members of PULP, Richard Hawley, The Forgemasters, harpist Serafina Steer and a youth choir.

Specially commissioned by Sheffield Doc/Fest – the UK’s premier documentary and digital media festival – as part of the 100 Years of Stainless Steel celebrations last year, The Big Melt was premiered at Doc/Fest on 12 June 2013 where the score was performed live. That exciting event at the Crucible can also be seen here, amongst the special features, which include interview footage with Jarvis Cocker and Martin Wallace, both of whom have also contributed to the accompanying booklet.

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DVD Details

Certificate: 0

Publisher: BFI

Length: 71 mins

Aspect ratio: 4:3

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 0

Released: 17th March 2014

Cat No: BFIVD999

DVD Extras

  • The Big Melt Performed Live at the Crucible (2013, 73 mins)
  • An Interview with Jarvis Cocker and Martin Wallace (2013, 9 mins)
  • The Big Melt in Rehearsal (2013, 3 mins)
  • Original trailer
  • Illustrated booklet with extensive credits and newly commissioned essays from Jarvis Cocker, Martin Wallace and BFI curator Jan Faull.

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