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Lost Treasure – Glasgow Short Film Festival commission for new score to archive film

New project. I’ve been working with Drew Wright on Lost Treasure, a commission from Glasgow Short Film Festival to make a new work in response to an archive film by Dawn Cine Group, a self-funded Glasgow filmmaking collective who made several films in the 1950s with social and political ends.

The original Lost Treasure film is an unfinished project dealing with the Highland Clearances that also touches on land reform, urbanisation, mechanisation and rural/urban life. We’ve been given access to the original script and 45 minutes of silent footage and have been working with editor Mintu Mantynen in fitting it all together. It’s the opening event at the 2016 edition of the festival and then tours nationwide.

A couple of TV features on national news prompted relatives of the film collective to get in touch, and we’ve met some of those with connections to the original group, including the wife of the lead actor William MacGregor (she’s a sprightly 94), their son, and others – many of whom feature in the film as children.

Great to work on. Extract below. I’ll be posting news, extracts and tour dates at


Whatever Gets You Through The Night: Film now available to watch online

Whatever Gets You Through The Night was a sprawling, collaborative project that produced an award-winning theatre show, a 16-track album, a 32-page book and a film, made by Daniel Warren. The film is now available to watch online. So, here’s some background…

Whatever Gets You Through The Night began as a series of conversations between Cora Bissett, David Greig and Swimmer One. The plan was to create an ambitious live show, half gig, half theatre, inspired by the hours between midnight and 4am and featuring some of our favourite Scottish writers and musicians.

The first result of those early conversations was a wishlist of writers and musicians to approach about contributing work. As the scale of this (then nameless) project became clear and more and more of our ‘dream team’ enthusiastically came on board without any need to use any of the ‘subs bench’, we soon realised we needed to take things in several different directions at once to best serve the contributed work.

We had already planned for there to be an album collecting the music, but soon realised that the written pieces and song lyrics contributed wouldn’t be done justice in a CD booklet – not a format we fancied much anyway. Far better to collect them into book form, presented alongside the photography documenting the theatre and recording sessions.

It was also becoming clear that the growing scale and ambition of the live show would make it impossible to tour using the resources available. A film seemed like the obvious solution, and it soon became integral to the project. There was a strong filmic element already thanks to Kim Beveridge‘s visuals for the show, and we approached long-term collaborator Daniel Warren about making an accompanying feature-length work. In line with his previous films Mercury for Scottish Ballet, and National Galleries of Scotland commission The Nation Live, this was never meant to be a ‘making of’ documentary but a standalone piece in its own right – and one that could tour.

The film features key Whatever Gets You Through The Night show contributors Withered Hand, Wounded Knee, Bigg Taj and Emma Pollock in a variety of locations, but also provides a showcase for contributors who didn’t perform at the original theatre run at The Arches, Glasgow in July 2012, such as Rachel Sermanni, Eugene Kelly, Errors and Talkingmakesnosense.

Produced in association with The Arches, the film premiered at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Summerhall, followed by live performances from Rachel Sermanni, Seafieldroad and Bigg Taj – a format repeated at the 2013 Glasgow Film Festival, and the nationwide tour taking in screenings in Dundee, Banchory, Ullapool and Mull (featuring performances from Wounded Knee, Emma Pollock, Withered Hand and more).

Tour screenings finished a while back, and it’s great to be able to share this more widely. Dan made a beautiful film, and it was great to be part of making it (I recorded location sound and mixed the film audio.) Like the best hard work, it was also a lot of fun: Loch Lomond shore with Wounded Knee on what felt like the first day of spring; the Bongo Club the following night with Bigg Taj; an odyssey to Orkney and an exploration of its many intriguing structures with Withered Hand (and De Selby); studio visits to see Rachel Sermanni at the rural Watercolour and Eugene Kelly at Glasgow’s Green Door, and a session in our own Swimmer One rehearsal space (now defunct).

You can watch the film using the Distrify player above. You can either stream or download the film for £2.50. It’s DRM-free, meaning it’s yours forever and will work on any device. Proceeds are distributed between contributors. There are also packages to buy combinations of the film, music and book.













Dead Orchestras – Instrumental mixes for your film/installation/theatre show


Now and again, we get asked for instrumental versions of songs for use in films/adverts/theatre shows etc. So, here’s the whole of the Dead Orchestras album in instrumental form to download for use in your dance piece/installation/film or just to read/meditate/drive/dance/run to.

Please include full credit. If you’re a big shot music supervisor for HBO – ie. working on a commercial project and want to do this properly – get in touch. We’re approachable, professional to deal with and have licensed several tracks to films/adverts etc before.

Vocals are a big part of these songs too, so remember you can read the lyrics at Bandcamp.

These are fully mastered versions by Simon Davey at The Exchange, London.

Download a zip of them all

Whatever Gets You Through The Night – film tour


Daniel Warren’s film, Whatever Gets You Through The Night, is touring Scotland in 2013.

Tour dates

15 February – The Arches, Glasgow, as part of the Glasgow Film Festival, with live sets by Swimmer One, Rachel Sermanni and Wounded Knee & Bigg Taj. BOOK TICKETS

22 February –, Banchory, with live sets by Withered Hand and Bigg Taj.

26 February: MacPhail Centre, Ullapool.

26 February – Tower Mill, Hawick, includes Q&A with Andrew from Swimmer One.

1 March – Mull Theatre, with live sets from Emma Pollock and Wounded Knee.

2 March – Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, with live sets from Emma Pollock and Wounded Knee

10 March – Dundee Contemporary Arts, includes Q&A with director Daniel Warren.

Daniel’s film is part of a much bigger, multimedia project featuring dozens of Scottish musicians and writers, which was put together by Cora Bissett, David Greig and Swimmer One, and produced by the Arches in Glasgow. The live show premiered at the Arches in June 2012, the film premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe two months later, and the album was released in November 2012. Listen to/buy the album.

We’re hoping to revive the live show soon. Check back for updates or follow the project’s progress on Facebook