Following our British Council-supported R&D visit to Vietnam in July 2019, we are delighted to announce initial production on the first feature-length original production by Live Cinema UK: Dust & Metal.

Dust & Metal is a new live cinema project integrating existing heritage archive film and contemporary footage with live music, directed by former Live Cinema Talent Pool participant Esther Johnson (Asunder, 2016) and produced by Live Cinema UK, exploring notions of ‘freedom’ and ‘movement’ as observed through the history of motorbikes across Vietnam. The work will collage existing heritage film from archives in Vietnam, with new crowd-sourced footage in order to reveal unfamiliar cultural histories, linking future present with the past, with an original live soundtrack created by Vietnamese artists.

With initial support from British Council Vietnam’s FAMLAB Fund, production begins in October 2019 when director Esther Johnson and producer Lisa Brook will visit artists and archives in four Vietnamese cities, and shoot new footage for the final film including the famous Hai Van Pass.

Dust & Metal will be seeking completion funding via international markets in early 2020. Interested collaborators should contact

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