Surrounded by green farmland and forests, 19th Century education centre, Hawkwood College makes a home for Silent Spaces – Episode 4 of 6.
The film tells a tale of three young siblings, local to Gloucestershire, discovering musical beings in the forests of Hawkwood. Offering a message of a greener, fairer, more mindful future, renowned cellist Matthew Barley and British Asian star-singer Ashnaa Sasikaran joins composer, lyricist and sarod player Soumik Datta to perform ‘Fields of Hope’. The track builds on nature’s sounds and harmonies to critique consumerism and overconsumption, while paying tribute to the venue’s conservational ecosystem. Souvid Datta’s film spans across Hawkwood’s orchards, greenhouses and natural waste management systems – reminding us that venues are not just their respective buildings but exist within wider eco-scapes. Ultimately, through music, the children rediscover their role within nature, gaining an urgent awareness of humanity’s climate impact.
Breaking the silence of iconic cultural spaces, closed nightclubs and empty museums that were out of action during the COVID-19 pandemic, SILENT SPACES is an original new series of 6 episodes produced by Soumik Datta Arts.
Directed by – Souvid Datta
Produced by – Melanie Cura Daball
Olivia, Caleb, Lois & Charlene Olaleye
Vocals – Ashnaa Sasikaran
Cello – Matthew Barley
Music & Lyrics – Soumik Datta
2nd Camera & Lighting – Jerzy Gudjonsson
Documentary DOP – Natalja Safranova
Mix & Mastering – Camilo Tirado
Project Manager – Minal Mehta
Senior Producer – Oliver Carruthers
The British Museum | Royal Albert Hall | Sage Gateshead | Depot Mayfield | Hawkwood College | WePresent | WeTransfer | Genesis Cinema | The Lexington | BBC Radio 3 | Network Rail | The Space Arts | Arts Council England | Bagri Foundation | SD Films | Dishoom | Timberland
With equipment provided by VI Rental & Yellow Cactus
Presented by Soumik Datta Arts