One of the early cinema classics, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928) has been hailed a towering masterpiece of silent film and inspired countless generations of filmmakers including Sergio Leone. Now Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp have created a new score, soundtracking the powerful and moving story of Joan’s trial, imprisonment, torture and execution. The live performances takes place alongside a screening of the film, conducted by Charles Hazlewood, members of the Monteverdi Choir, 6 guitars and Ruth on 3 harps. Performances so far have taken place at Bath Abbey, Alexandra Palace as part of ATP, Lincoln Centre New York, Sacrum Profanum festival in Krakow, Brighton Dome, London South Bank and most recently in 2016 at Wells Cathedral.
For decades the original film negative was feared lost in a fire until, incredibly, it was discovered in a cupboard in a Norwegian mental institution in 1981.