Celluloid History Songs with live score by Josephine Oniyama

Back at HOME in a new production with additional musical accompaniment, this live multimedia performance from singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama takes place against a backdrop of historical footage drawn from the North West Film Archive held at Manchester Metropolitan University, and edited by filmmaker Kim May of Asta Films.

The specially-commissioned songs were influenced by scenes of Northerners at leisure, taken from the archive’s many inspiring images of industrial working-class people, young and old, discovering ways to spend their new leisure time.

Produced by HOME in association with the North West Film Archive, this performance first took place as part of Everything Everything’s Chaos to Order residency at Manchester Central Library, produced by Brighter Sound. This new production will feature electronic and acoustic elements, and accompaniment by Steve Marsden on guitar and Alan Keary on cello.

This production is supported by The Film, Archive and Music Lab (FAMLAB)  – a British Council initiative in partnership with British Film Institute, PRS for Music Foundation and HOME.  It brings together 16 participants – musicians, composers, filmmakers, artists and producers – to spend a week immersed in a series of workshops, case studies, screenings, live performances and discussions, all exploring the challenges and potential of collaborative cinema, film archive and live music projects.

Music and Film is produced by HOME in collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music and is supported by Film Hub North West Central, part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN).


  • Running time of this performance is 35 minutes
  • Please note latecomers will not be admitted