Sophie Michael – ‘Early Bird’

Score for ‘Early Bird’ film by Sophie Michael, commissioned by Northern Film & Media

“I have decided to set the story in 1965, because I want the film to take place during a period during the 20th century that is close enough for me to have a relationship with but no actual experience of; but that is also far enough after WW2 for this not to be in the lived memory of the ten year old lead. My parents’ generations were children in the 1960s, so there is no shortage of brains to pick. My next door neighbour recalled watching the launch of a satellite nicknamed the Early Bird at Easter time that year as a child on a home-made television, and I saw the promise of a story; what would a world of live television and communications mean to a disconnected child of that ‘space-age’?”