22 October, 2023






Front Room
13 Central Walk
BS23 1FF


Somerset’s Secret Landscape

Composer and film-maker, Simon Preston, presents Somerset’s Secret Landscape, a visually and aurally transfixing wandering of the Severn coast presented as a non-narrative documentary film (55 minutes).

Somerset’s Secret Landscape is a sensory journey exploring some of the many incredible phenomena along the Severn tidal region. Filming from above reveals the extraordinary features formed by powerful tidal energies from the Severn Bore to Bridgewater Bay. Every day, the huge tidal range of the Severn estuary leaves fascinating sand patterns behind. This cinematic exploration offers a glimpse of some of the phenomena that you can’t see from the land. The videos are underscored with specially composed music, both electronic and acoustic, uniting the elements of light, nature, history, and people within this epic environment.

This will be followed by an informal Q&A. We invite those interested in the diverse beauty of the region to join us as Simon weaves together the geological and anthropological into a unique and meditative experience. Fans of experimental documentaries such as Godfrey Reggio’s Qatsi trilogy or Ron Fricke’s Samsara will revel in this cinematic perspective given to the Severn area in Somerset’s Secret Landscape.