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Three Chords And The Truth
Directed by
Virginia Heath

Scotland / 2019 / 21:30
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
East Coast Premiere

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The sub culture of passionate advocates of the ‘Cigar Box Guitar Revolution’, reveal how just three chords, played on their unique, DIY, instruments, hand-made from recycled materials, connect them to their truth. Many of these musicians are from post-industrial English towns, and create a self-identity through the democratic, anti-corporate, maverick spirit of making these three-stringed guitars. Born from the Blues in the Mississippi Delta, the simplicity, low cost, ‘no rules‘ approach means that anyone can try their hand. The emotional connection they feel for their instruments creates a unique and evocative sound that totally transports musicians and audiences alike.
Virginia Heath is a multi-award winning writer/director with UK and New Zealand nationality. She writes and directs both documentary and drama films including the acclaimed, BAFTA nominated, From Scotland With Love and Berlinale award winning Relativity. She is also a director of the Edinburgh based film and television Production Company, Faction North. Virginia has just completed Three Chords and the Truth. Her award-winning film Lift Share, funded by Screen Scotland and the British Film Institute, starring Ana Ularu (Siberia, Emerald City) and Mark Rowley (Last Kingdom, Macbeth), premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018; won ‘Best Drama Short‘ Award at the Copenhagen Film Festival (2019) and ‘Best Sound Design‘ Award at the female focussed Underwire Film Festival, London. Virginia recently directed We Are All Migrants, an immersive archive and music documentary, which is a poetic reflection on the 20th century migrant experience (Edinburgh International Film Festival).
Cast/Featuring: Chickenbone John, Hollowbelly, Nig Richards, Robyn Grieg-Brown, Dusk Brothers.
Executive Producer(s): Grant Keir, Virginia Heath
Producer(s): Grant Keir
Director(s): Virginia Heath
Screenwriter(s): Paul Atkinson
Cinematographer(s): Scott Dulson
Editor(s): Scott Dulson
Composer(s)/Music: Hollowbelly, Dusk Brothers, Nig Richards, Chikenbone John.
Sound Designer(s): Benjamin Goodall
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