True North: The Story of a Song

Fresh from its sold-out world premiere at the UK's Leeds International Film Festival in November 2018, this short documentary of and by Yorkshire-based Commoners Choir sticks two fingers up at the corporate side of arts funding.

Join Boff Whalley and the combined force of three unique and eclectic choirs from Northern English cities Leeds, Manchester and Stockton as they take Newcastle's Great Exhibition of the North by storm. Along the way, they battle unethical sponsors and tricky four-part harmonies to perform a specially commissioned song in an unforgettable live performance outside SAGE Gateshead in June 2018 - a song that seeks to define the North through its history, geography and sense of cultural identity.

  • Phil Moody
    Director
  • Carolyn Edwards
    Director
  • Boff Whalley
    Writer
    Footnote, Run Wild
  • Jane Morland
    Producer
  • Josh Sutton
    Producer
  • Commoners Choir
    Key Cast
  • Infant Hercules
    Key Cast
  • SHE Choir Manchester
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    North of England, Choir, Arts funding, positive change, independent, community, identity, place, singing, harmony, grass roots
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Leeds International Film Festival
    Leeds
    United Kingdom
    November 4, 2018
    World
    Cinema Versa
  • Chapel Allerton Short Film Festival
    Leeds, West Yorkshire
    United Kingdom
    August 26, 2019
    Official Selection
Director - Phil Moody, Carolyn Edwards