The Song of the Axe, 2007/8

How do you engage ethnic communities with British prehistory?

The same way you engage anyone, anywhere in the world – with a good story. This sounds obvious but is often overlooked…

That’s what we learned from making this piece, which was commissioned by Derby City Museum and Art Gallery and made with two community groups in the city.

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In developing the film we took thunder gods from global cultures as a core theme and the equally ubiquitous axe hammer. The opening sequence shown here suggests the making of a ‘universal’ stone axe, a tool that presented a common human solution to a common practical need – but which came to mean so much more as technology evolved…

The clip opens in the museums’ wonderful Joseph Wright gallery and the final ‘landing place’ is Arbor Low in the Peak District, ‘the Stonehenge of the North’, where the narrative element of the film unfolds…

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