The Big Melt

A hymn to Britain’s proud industrial past, with a soundtrack by Jarvis Cocker.

Soundtrack by Jarvis Cocker.

A special commission as part of the 100 Years of Stainless Steel celebrations, The Big Melt is a feature length elegy to the men and women who toiled in Sheffield’s steelworks and a hymn to Britain’s proud industrial past. Working with Sheffield’s own musical hero Jarvis Cocker, acclaimed director Martin Wallace has woven an exquisite tapestry of steel industry-related archival footage drawn from the BFI National Archive. Jarvis also provides the film’s stirring musical accompaniment, collaborating with a raft of Sheffield’s finest musicians, including a string quartet, a brass band, members of PULP, Richard Hawley, The Forgemasters and a youth choir.

Performed live at Sheffield’s celebrated Crucible Theatre at Doc/Fest 2013. The DVD includes the full archive-based film, plus a recording of the live event.

Special features

  • Feature length archive-based film.
  • Recording of the live performance from Sheffield International Doc Fest 2013.
  • Interviews with Martin Wallace and Jarvis Cocker.
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Jarvis Cocker, Martin Wallace and BFI curators.

Product information

    • Certificate

      12

    • Colour

      Colour and Black/white

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      70mins

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD999

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