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9 June 2020

Village Voices.

by Syd Briscoe

BBC Sounds: “Join the Great British Singalong” - 60s

It doesn't feel like there's much to sing about at the moment, but the BBC are determined to lift the nation's spirits. Their latest scheme is an old-fashioned singalong, broadcast over the airwaves every Thursday morning so people up and down the country can join in at a distance.

This charming film explains the proposition neatly, exploring a tower block via drone as its residents belt out David Bowie's 'Heroes' as one. With silly dancing, cups of tea, and barely an ounce of tune between them, it's a thoroughly British affair which sparks an affectionate pang of yearning for times gone by.

Karaoke nights, live gigs, and club events may be a long way off, but thirtytwo’s effort feels hopeful as it suggests these things are merely on pause. Until then there are windows, webcams, and the unity of being alone together via song - and that may just be enough to get us through.

Film Production: Pulse Films Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: thirtytwo Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: John Bannister
Cinematographer: Ben Fordesman
Editor: Nick Allix Ⓦ @ The Assembly Rooms Ⓟ Ⓦ
Grade: Time Based Arts Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Design: Factory Ⓟ Ⓦ
Media Planner: Andrea Taylor / Sam Cuthbertson

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