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Dir. Caroline Catz
2020, UK, 98 min

A cinematic portrait of the legendary musical innovator Delia Derbyshire is written and directed by Caroline Catz, who also performs the lead role. Catz’s directorial debut is a conceptual and atmospheric journey into the legacy and character of electronic music composer/sound pioneer Delia Derbyshire, who, in 1963 conceived one of the most familiar compositions in science fiction, the Doctor Who theme, while working at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop. 

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths & The Legendary Tapes is a life story told through sound. Delia’s own musical creations are featured alongside a soundtrack by musician/performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey, Carter Tutti Void), constructed from samples chosen by Cosey and Catz from Delia’s posthumously discovered “Attic Tapes”. This film explores the fantasy of an otherworldly creative collaboration, an exchange of ideas between two unique and fascinating maverick female artists, traversing temporal and spiritual planes.

Presented in partnership with Groundswell.

The boundless and innovative talent of Delia Derbyshire is brought to life with fitting creativity, creating something of a cinematic fever dream.

– Neil Fox, The Quietus

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