Song of Falklands

Sound Design by Carl Boland. A Film by Clive Myer (Eclectic Films)

Song of the Falklands is an experimental documentary film – the product of a close collaboration between two researchers: Dr. Clive Myer (Eclectic Films) and Dr. Carl Boland (Box Garden).

The film’s non-narrative structure utilizes techniques of intellectual montage, which often brings the sound and image into dialectical relationships. Radio broadcast sound is used throughout the film to reference the importance of radio communications between isolated communities. The sound design also features excerpts of broadcasts made by The Falklands Islands Broadcasting Service (FIBS) during the occupation of Argentine forces in 1982.

Dr. Myer’s approach was to avoid a typical narrative structure, which, to paraphrase his own words, ‘(narrative structure) sets up in advance how a film should be read or interpreted’. That said, there are clear meaningful intentions behind the montage of sounds and images to create a chain of significations that examine the representation of collective consciousness and national identity. In this sense, the film’s messages reflect on how the islanders’ sense of identity connects to ‘Britishness’ and the governance of the colonial power in the years of recovery that followed the Falklands War.

Song of The Falklands was the subject of a sound design case study in Carl Boland’s Ph.D thesis ‘A Sonic Arts Approach to Sound Design’. More information about the film’s sound design will be posted soon.