When Brian Hill and Simon Armitage started hearing about the COVID-19 pandemic in January 2020, it felt right to produce an artistic response to the crisis, to document and record what was happening in an extended film poem. In Where Did The World Go, a number of people from across the UK talk about their own experiences of living through a pandemic, while the poetry of Simon Armitage provides a narrative spine to the film. To bring this poetry to life on screen, director Brian Hill uses a variety of techniques: mixing archive footage, musical sequences, and contemporary dance. At times moving, at other times poignant, the film is a unique record of what will become the biggest event in the lives of many people living today.
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