Sounds of London is a programme of exclusive screenings, organised by the Doc'n Roll festival programmers, focusing on music artists and the music industry as part of the BFI's Britain on Film. It begins on Friday 16th October at the Barbican with the UK premiere of Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis plus a Q&A with the film's director and producer.
The programme of eight films will cover Rock, Punk, Rockabilly, Indie and Hip-Hop and include several world premieres plus Q&A sessions with filmmakers, protagonists and experts. The events will take place between October and March 2016, with the majority of screenings taking place across London’s boroughs next year.
Taken By Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis explores the work of Storm Thorgerson, graphic designer and album cover maestro. For over forty years using 12” x 12” album covers as his canvas before his passing in 2013, Storm Thorgerson created some of the most iconic images in the history of rock and roll, using massive sets and tableaus, staging performances and actions and “doing it for real” in what he called “mind movies” and “photo paintings”. With graphic company Hipgnosis, Thorgerson along with Aubrey (Po) Powell and later partner Peter Christopherson designed some of the most recognised record sleeves in the history of rock and roll including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin’s Houses of The Holy as well as covers for Genesis and Peter Gabriel, 10cc, Black Sabbath, UFO and Paul McCartney and Wings. Thorgerson also designed artwork for The Cranberries, Muse, Biffy Clyro, Catherine Wheel, Anthrax, Audioslave and The Steve Miller Band as part of his work as StormStudios.
Director Roddy Bogawa’s documentary features interviews with Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell as well as musicians including David Gilmour and Nick Mason, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Graham Gouldman and Alan Parsons and never before seen footage and photographs of the production of past record covers.