Journey to a stunningly evocative future with the exclusive Australian premiere of the late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Last and First Men, a film narrated by Tilda Swinton with live score.
This event is part of Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House.
Shot in black and white, this enigmatic film was also directed by Jóhannsson, with narration by actress Tilda Swinton and a haunting live musical accompaniment by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted Benjamin Northey, along with Yair Glotman (harmonium), Else Torp (vocals, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds ‘Distant Sky’) & Kate Macoboy (vocals, Theatre of Voices). This one-night-only performance will be transfixing in the majestic Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House.
Seven years in the making, Jóhannsson’s opus takes Olaf Stapledon’s visionary 1930 sci-fi novel and transforms it into a deeply moving exploration of humanity’s dystopian future. Last and First Men is a unique mix of film and fiction with breathtaking 16mm footage, Swinton’s indelible voice and the composer’s wonderfully strange and mesmerising score.
The Icelandic Jóhannsson, celebrated for his soundtrack work on Sicario, Arrival, and many others, sadly passed away in 2018. The Sydney show follows its successful premiere at the Manchester International Festival and the Barbican in London, and serves as a fitting tribute to the beloved and influential composer.
Suitable for all ages – children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.
Please note Sydney Symphony Orchestra is not a ticketing agent for this event. Tickets can be purchased through Sydney Opera House.