From the Sea to the Land Beyond: Britain's Coast on Film Storyville


From the Sea to the Land Beyond: Britain's Coast on Film

A Storyville documentary: Made from over 100 years of BFI archive footage, this film offers a poetic meditation on Britain's unique coastline and the role it plays in our lives.


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This programme contains some strong language.

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MUSIC: The Land Beyond by British Sea Power

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One, two...

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# Then you'll discover

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# Under your cover

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# The strangest thing that

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# I ever heard of

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# It makes you wonder

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# Why you're here

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# And why you feel so

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# Strangely weird. #

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MUSIC: Waving Flags/Something Wicked by British Sea Power

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SHIP HORN BLOWS

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MUSIC: Retreat by British Sea Power

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MUSIC: Bear by British Sea Power

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# If you see me out

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# If you see me in the street

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# I may be having a lot of fun

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# So sorry, angel

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# Oh, sorry, little girl

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# Oh, sorry, angel

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# It's a cruel world

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# Don't fall now Don't fall now. #

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MUSIC: Bear by British Sea Power

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TUNING RADIO STATIONS

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MUSIC: Baby/The Spirit Of St Louis by British Sea Power

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ENGINES ROARING

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MUSIC: No Lucifer by British Sea Power

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SHIP HORN BLOWS

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'Everyone wanted to make them welcome in the Empire's capital,

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'and show the admiration and regard they have won in Britain

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'by their magnificent effort during the war.'

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MUSIC: The Land Beyond by British Sea Power

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# And when we get there

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# We'll go wandering

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# Through the wilderness

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# Getting in a mess

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# And if we find it

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# I'll keep on wondering

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# And here's another thing

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# You didn't know till now

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# We're not going home

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# We are not alone

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# No, we're not going home

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# From the sea to the land beyond

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# To the land beyond

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# To the land beyond

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# To the land beyond. #

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'40s-STYLE MUSIC PLAYING

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# Goodbye, little girl, goodbye

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# Just wipe out those tears

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# Don't cry

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# Whatever I do

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# I will think of you

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# Your cheerful smile

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# Makes life seem worthwhile

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# Goodbye to the... #

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SEAGULLS CAWING

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SHIP HORN BLOWS

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Hello, wagon control? Oh, Alexander here.

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Number two. Two gangs.

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One gang timber to bogies, the other gang Woodwool to land.

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Number three, one gang. Woodwool to land.

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Then, by box port over the side.

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MUSIC: Childhood Memories by British Sea Power

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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MUSIC: Cleaning Out The Rooms by British Sea Power

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'A solid thing - a ship.

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'This thing...

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'A shape that will be at peace with the ocean.'

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"Over the hill and over the dale And over the bourn to Dawlish

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"Where gingerbread wives Have a scanty sale

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"And gingerbread nuts are smallish."

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'You might even find a seat here,

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'where the cream is thick and the water clear.'

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# I'll wake up in a new life

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# Down by the seaside

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# I'll wake up in a new life

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# Down by the seaside

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# Down by the seaside

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# By the seaside. #

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'Best on scones, things white, things brown,

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'jelly in jars and raspberry jam.'

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'..Showers later, good. Thames Dover...'

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MUSIC: All In It/Carrion by British Sea Power

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# We're all in it and we

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# We're all in it and we

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# We're all in it and

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# We're all in it and

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# We're all in it

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# And we close our eyes

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# We're all in it and

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# We're all in it and

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# We're all in it

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# And we close our eyes

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# All in it and we

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# All in it and we

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# We're all in it

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# And we close our eyes

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# All in it and we

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# All in it

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# We're all in it

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# And we close our eyes

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-# Close our eyes

-All in it

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-# We close our eyes

-All in it

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# We're all in it

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# And we close our eyes

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# We're all in it and we

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# All in it

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# We're all in it

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# And we close our eyes

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# All in it

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# All in it

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# We're all in it

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# And we close our eyes

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# All in it

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# All in it

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# All in it

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# And we close our eyes

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# All in it

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# All in it

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# All in it

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# We close our eyes

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# All in it

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# All in it

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# All in it

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# And we close our eyes

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# Always the sea

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# Oh, the heavy water

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# How it enfolds

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# The salt, the spray The gorgeous undertow

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# Always, always, always the sea

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# Brilliant immortality

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# Oh, the heavy water, how it enfolds

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# The salt, the spray The gorgeous undertow

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# Always, always, always the sea

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# Brilliant immortality

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# Always, always, always the sea

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# Always, always... #

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THEY SING

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PEOPLE MURMURING

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-How do you do? How do you do?

-I see you've got our life belt.

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Yeah, well, now, there you are. There's the thing, right?

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RADIO: 'Warning of gales in Viking and Finistere.

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'The general synopsis at 1-2W.'

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FOGHORN BLOWS

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'If the lights from all the lighthouse beams in Britain

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'were put together end-to-end,

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'theoretically, the beam would stretch

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'from Dover to Kingston, Jamaica.'

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FOGHORN BLOWS

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MUSIC: Retreat by British Sea Power

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MUSIC: D-Rock by British Sea Power

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MUSIC: Once More Now by British Sea Power

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh

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# Ooh, ooh, ooh. #

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MUSIC: A Lovely Day Tomorrow by British Sea Power

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Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!

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Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!

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Here we go! Here we go!

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Whoa!

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Freezing, horrible. I hate Blackpool!

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It's fucking pissing it down, you know?

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Blackpool, mental!

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THEY SCREAM

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SHE LAUGHS

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THEY LAUGH

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What do you think of the English weather?

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I think it's wonderful.

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SHE LAUGHS

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Hurry up!

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'The sea level is rising at the rate of a 16th of an inch a year.

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'In the year 160,000, it will reach halfway up Nelson's Column,

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'in Trafalgar Square,

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'and the site of the Battle of Trafalgar

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'will be eight fathoms under the sea.'

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MUSIC: The Land Beyond by British Sea Power

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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Made from over 100 years of BFI archive footage, From the Sea to the Land Beyond offers a poetic meditation on Britain's unique coastline and the role it plays in our lives. With a soundtrack specially created by Brighton-based band British Sea Power, award-winning director Penny Woolcock's film offers moving testimony to our relationship to the coast - during wartime, on our holidays and as a hive of activity during the industrial age.


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