Ursula Meier and John Parish in conversation

In this special event we were delighted to welcome French-Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier and Bristol-based musician John Parish, who composed the soundtrack to her award winning feature film Sister (2012).

As a part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2015, they join Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove to discuss the process of their collaboration and to share thoughts on the importance of music and sound in the filmmaking process.

Ursula Meier is a film director and screenwriter. She started her career more than 20 years ago with the short film Le Songe d'Isaac (Isaac’s Dream), selected for the Locarno Film Festival in 1994, while she was a student at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) in Belgium. In 1998 she released the short film Des Heures Sans Sommeil (Sleepless), also selected for Locarno Film Festival and awarded at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival the following year. In 2001 her third short film Tous À Table (Table Manners) premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and was awarded 3 prizes. Her feature films Home (2008) and Sister (2012) have received international acclaim, particularly at the Cannes Film Festival for Home and at the Berlinale, where Sister was awarded a Silver Bear. 

John Parish is Bristol based musician, song-writer, composer and producer most known for his work with singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. In addition to Sister he has provided the music for several films including She, A Chinese (2009) and Little Black Spiders (2012). 

Posted on Fri 18 Sept 2015.