The UK premiere of Nyman’s own shot-by-shot remake of Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, with a live score played by the Michael Nyman Band, is coupled with the critically-acclaimed song cycle The Glare, which features the Band and soul singer David McAlmont.
Deeply rooted in Vertov’s original ideas concerned with “the perception of truth" and with the documentation of “life caught unawares”, Nyman‘s film attempts to capture the essence of our contemporary times through the lens of his own camera, creating a multi-sensory experience of time as it occurs and of life as it happens. The footage is recorded by first hand observation and delivers an unscripted visual transcription of every-day life as recently documented by the composer in a collection of over 50 cinematographic works.
Both films share the same score, originally composed by Nyman in 2003 for Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera and available as BFI video.
'As for his musical invention, it was as relentlessly energetic as ever, and the players – despite the vast demands on their stamina already made – gave it their all.' Telegraph on Michael Nyman at the Barbican