Open Bridges Hull UK award winning short film with musique concrète soundtrack. To watch the film settle down in a comfy chair, turn the lights down & the volume up and soak it up, it’s an immersive experience.

This 20 minute film produced for Open Bridges by Humber Film Creative Community was selected for four international film festivals. It is a multi-camera aural and musical documentary filmed by 16 film makers and edited by Philip Codd, showing how Open Bridges made history when for the first time all 13 bridges over the River Hull raised, swung and closed simultaneously during Hull City of Culture’s Freedom Season. Historic vessels sailed down the river, met by 21st century tugs, to the sound of a new musique concrète work. The musique concrète soundtrack, commissioned for Open Bridges and composed by BAFTA award winning composer John Stead incorporates sounds of the bridges operations and movements and was premiered on the night in octophonic sound.

Open Bridges – Freedom or Freedom Withheld?

“The Open Bridges film is a stunning and unique tour-de-force of film-making, incredibly assured both technically and in the atmosphere it creates.” Nial Adams, Museums Manager, East Riding Museums

“A beautiful short film combining night shots with atmospheric music.” Finalist in Nottingham’s Hothouse Film Festival

Open Bridges is a whole tapestry of threads. It’s a celebration of Hull’s lifeblood, the River Hull, 13 movable bridges, the vessels that use the river and the heritage & culture that have grown up in both East and West Hull.


Project concept Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard