No Man’s Land feature film is an 80-minute cinematic concert, a deeply moving multi-media work that spans generations, continents, cultures and beliefs, and reflects on the devastating impact and futility of war.
Commissioned from acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas, The No Man’s Land project was premiered as a centerpiece of New Zealand’s First World War commemorations in 2016. This is the first time this feature length film, has been shown in the United Kingdom.
150 musicians descended from opposing forces of the Great War were filmed on significant battlefields around the world. The musicians perform as one global orchestra to create an exhilarating visual and musical experience. Artists working on this global project include Armenian-America artist Seri Tankian (System of a Down), the Refugees of Rap and the Orchestra Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
The No Man’s Land project is above all else an unashamed commitment to optimism; a statement to nations who currently find themselves at war. Even at our worst, humanity and empathy continue to survive.
The screening of No Mans Land will open the New Zealand Studies Network Conference ‘Islands on Sale’, which this year discusses New Zealand literature, arts and performance in a global marketplace and is hosted by Regents University of London in collaboration with Northampton University.
NEW ZEALAND STUDIES NETWORK New Zealand Studies Network (UK & Ireland) - an international academic & creative stage for New Zealand performances, personalities and presentations; for the discussion of topics related to the development, challenges and culture of contemporary Aotearoa, New Zealand.
NZSN are pleased to be holding this event in collaboration with the Foundation Australia and New Zealand Arts.