Basil Kirchin Double Bill

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Heavenly Films presents….

A Basil Kirchin double bill

plus Q&A with the directors Matt Stephenson, Bob Stanley and musician Evan Parker

Premier London screening

Mind On The Run (45 minutes)

Directed by Matt Stephenson

Mind On The Run tells the story of one of the country’s greatest lost composers.

Born in 1927, Basil Kirchin joined his father Ivor’s band in 1941 at the age of 14. After rising to the top of British jazz, Kirchin left England on a spiritual odyssey which took him around the world. He returned with a new kind of music, scoring a number of distinctive films including Primitive London and the Abominable Dr Phibes.

When his groundbreaking Worlds Within Worlds albums, subsequently recognised by Brian Eno as the foundation works of ambient music, were a commercial flop, Basil turned his back on the music industry but continued to make amazing music in the northern port of Hull. Featuring contributions from Jonny Trunk, Bob Stanley, Evan Parker, Richard Williams and many others who knew and worked closley with Kirchin, Mind on the Run rediscovers Basil’s lost music and tells the moving story of his life and death in Hull, placing him in the pantheon of great British composers.

Abstractions of Holderness (12 minutes)

A short film about Basil Kirchin directed by Bob Stanley and Esther Johnson, soundtrack written and performed by Pete Wiggs.

The films will be followed by a Q&A session hosted by author Travis Elborough in conversation with directors Matt Stephenson and Bob Stanley plus composers and musicians Pete Wiggs and Evan Parker.

As an added bonus a specially pressed limited edition CD of the Pete Wiggs soundtrack for Abstractions Of Holderness will be presented to those attending the screening.

BBFC rating
Running time
57 mins

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April 26th

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