Bill Morrison and Jóhann Jóhannsson
The Miners’ Hymns is an inspired documentary about the former coal mining communities of the North East of England by American multimedia artist Bill Morrison. The story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent, featuring a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Using rarely-seen archival footage of Durham and its coalfield, The Miners’ Hymns is a timely reminder that repercussions of the economic and political choices made a generation ago continue to be felt today.
“Elegant, elegiac... enthralling” – New York Times
“With Jóhannsson’s gorgeous score providing mournful counterpoint to the visual world Morrison has both revived and created anew, The Miners’ Hymns leaves the audience with the ineffable sense of being between times, landscapes and emotions. True to the sacramental suggestion of the film’s title, the feeling is a lot like prayer” – The Washington Post