To be premiered on YouTube and Facebook in November 2020.
LOUISA, LOVE, LOSS and the SEA…
In 2019, Mike Flood composed and produced a suite of music, narration and song, highlighting stories and historical events in the life of Newhaven, East Sussex. It was intended to be the basis for a live show in 2020, celebrating the 900th anniversary of St Michael’s Church in the town. Unfortunately, that show has been postponed due to the dastardly Covid-19. Boo!
However, thanks to funding by way of an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant – hooray! – a small team has been assembled to produce a short film based on one of the tracks from the 900 Years – A Journey Through Time album. That track is Brazen Souls. It tells the story, from the perspective of the captain’s wife Louisa Hanson, of the sinking of HMS Brazen, which was lost off the coast of Newhaven on 26 January 1800.
Lucy trained at Guildford School of Acting. Her first professional role was aged 10 when she performed as a member of the Children’s Choir in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat National Tour, which inspired her love of performing. She went on to be part of Hungry Wolf Visionary Theatre Group, taking new plays to Brighton, Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. During her recent training at GSA she has performed in a wealth of modern and classic plays such as Table by Tanya Ronder and Love and Information by Caryl Churchill. Her most recent and exciting part was playing the title role in The Duchess of Malfi. She is extremely excited to be playing Louisa Hanson in Brazen Souls, this short film being her professional screen debut.
MIKE FLOOD – COMPOSER & LYRICIST / DIRECTOR
Mike is an experienced composer to picture, writing music to support and enhance the atmosphere of existing visual media. There’s a selection of projects he’s worked on listed here. When writing and producing the 900 Years – A Journey Through Time album, however, those visual images existed in his imagination. In choosing Brazen Souls as the subject of this short, he has challenged himself to realise on film probably the most emotive and atmospheric track on the album. He is excited by the prospect, though, and is grateful to be working with such a talented, skillful and enthusiastic team. Mike is making his directorial debut on this project.
JENNY FLOOD – PRODUCER / RESEARCHER
As a trustee of Newhaven Historical Society, Jenny has a keen interest in the history of the town. She was the researcher and project officer on two local National Lottery Heritage Grant projects, working with local community groups and schools. Last year she undertook a course in film making at the University of Sussex, the outcome of which was a short film entitled The Lamentable Tale of HMS Brazen. This is Jenny’s first outing as a producer and she has been enjoying the challenges and excitement of coordinating the various aspects of film production.
MATT FLOOD – MIX ENGINEER / DRONE PILOT / BEHIND THE SCENES CAMERA
Bio update coming soon…