From: Rich Heiden <rwheidenu.nul> Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:48:08 -0800 (PST) Archived: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:53:11 -0500 Subject: Thomas Dolby Movie On Orford Lighthouse This Web article deals with a movie about the Rendlesham Forest case. The movie was shown on Nov. 7, and I didn't read this until Nov. 11, so I was not able to attend. ----- 2013-11-05 Milwaukee (Wis.) OnMilwaukee.com (UF,MOV,CONTACT) http://onmilwaukee.com/music/articles/thomasdolby.html?35759 CAPTION makes his feature film debut with The Invisible Lighthouse, a live multimedia/screening/musical performance. (PHOTO: Bruce + Jana) '80s Icon Dolby Brings Together Sound, Cinema And Yes, Science By Matt Mueller OnMilwaukee.com Reporter Published Nov. 5, 2013 at 9:06 a.m. Back in the '80s, he blinded audiences with science. Now, techno pop star Thomas Dolby is hoping to open eyes with cinema. His latest project is The Invisible Lighthouse, a live multimedia experience about an old British lighthouse from Dolby's past that's surrounded by memories, mysteries and a very unamused military presence. The performance, coming to Shank Hall Thursday night, combines Dolby's impressionistic feature film debut with live music and foley sound effects from Dolby and sound designer Blake Leyh to help tell the story. OnMilwaukee.com got a chance to catch up with Dolby and ask about the project's real life origins, making one's first movie and how UFOs possibly fit into all of this. Oh, and SCIENCE! OnMilwaukee.com: Where did the idea come from for The Invisible Lighthouse? Thomas Dolby: Well, it was really prompted by the news that the Orfordness Lighthouse was closing this year. When I first heard the news, I was just very sad about it, and I found that there was this collective sense of grief among the local residents because most of them - like me - had grown up with the lighthouse. It'd been there since 1792, and we always assumed it always would be. So it's sad that it won't be flashing anymore, but it's also symptomatic of the erosion that's taking place on our coast. Suffolk, where I live, is very low-lying, and due to a combination of erosion, global warming and the general geology of Britain, which is tilting eastwards, the coast is shrinking. Many villages that did exist are now under the waves, so it's only a matter of time before we go the same way. So I saw the lighthouse closing because of the threat of the sea as very bad news. OMC: In your research, it sounds like you dug up a lot of interesting background information about the past of this lighthouse, with UFOs and things of that nature. TD: It's the 11th lighthouse that's been recorded on the island, and the other 10 are under the waves now. But the undercurrent of the film is really about memory and how unreliable it is. I have a strong family history in the area and have really powerful memories of my childhood there. But I'm beginning to question how much of them I've distorted and fabricated. OMC: How so? TD: There was a building that was built by my great-grandfather, a huge building where they used to make malt for whiskey. In 1960, it was converted into a concert hall by an English composer named Benjamin Britten. In 1968, there was a terrible fire, and the roof burned and caved in. I remember vividly staring across the marshes at the flames lighting up the sky. Years later, my mother told me, "I hate to break it to you, but we were actually nowhere near Suffolk that night; we were hundreds of miles away." But when I tell this story, it's like I'm replaying it from my memory. OMC: So how do UFOs fit into this? TD: Then I find about this UFO incident where these three U.S. Air Force men claimed that they had an encounter with a UFO out in the woods on the periphery of an American Air Force base at Rendlesham. One of them said that he touched a craft and received telepathic messages in binary code, then it broke up into several globs of mercury and disappeared into the woods. ----- Rich Heiden Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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