Southern Journey (Revisited)

BBFC RatingSouthern Journey (Revisited)

Showing: 17 October 2020

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Sat 17 Oct 2020

DirectorRob Curry & Tim Plester
Running Time1HR 15MINS
SeasonBelfast International Arts Festival 2020

Following the success of The Ballad of Shirley Collins, directors Rob Curry and Tim Plester return with a companion piece, that retraces the route of the iconic 'Southern Journey' song-collecting trip from 1959 in the present day.

Set against the incendiary backdrop of the 2018 US mid-term elections, the film is accompanied by a glorious soundtrack of blues and bluegrass, hollers and spirituals.

Both music documentary and road movie, the film follows the route Shirley Collins took with her then-lover Alan Lomax in 1959, travelling the back roads of the rural South. The music recorded on the Southern Journey provided inspiration to generations of singers and musicians, and formed the backbone of the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' O Brother Where Art Thou. This film celebrates these recordings and showcases some of the brightest stars working in the medium, including The Local Honeys, The Como Mamas, and Anna & Elizabeth.

While the focus is on the transcendental roots music of the region, the film also serves as a corrective to the many reductive stereotypes about white and black Southerners, and offers a message of conciliation for our divided times.

Southern Journey (Revisited) will be accompanied by a free screening of John T. Davis' Route 66 on QFT Player. Shot on the legendary highway at the height of the Reagan era, Route 66 was a touchstone for the filmmakers. "When we came to make our own US road trip movie it was top of the list of references," says director Rob Curry. 

Southern Journey (Revisited) (showing at QFT) and Route 66 (on QFT Player) are screening as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival 2020, which takes place from 12 Oct - 1 Nov. Go here for the full programme.

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QFT Player: Route 66

As the 2020 US presidential election approaches, join us as we journey back to '80s America and a film that has a strikingly renewed resonance today. John T. Davis' Route 66 will be free to watch on QFT Player from Fri 16 to Sun 18 Oct as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival.

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