From The Coop (Part 1)

Produced by
  • A Solanum Films Production
  • Rowan Elliott
  • Elio Arauz de Marcos
  • Sid Goldsmith
  • Bethany M. Roberts
  • Thomas Hodson
  • Leeem
  • Anonymous They
  • Tamsin Elliott

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A celebration of the creativity that came out of one small, suburban house in Bristol, home to eight musicians and four rescue chickens during the first few months of lockdown 2020.

These are unique and troubling times. As artists our identities often feel tied to our output, and the contact of performance reinforces our sense of worth. What happens when this is taken away from us? Where do we find meaning? How do we deal with the uncertainty around the return of our livelihoods?

From The Coop (part 1) is a 40 minute music documentary which follows eight musicians- all full-time artists- living in a small house in Bristol during lockdown. The film looks at the effect Covid-19 had as well as showcasing the creativity which has come out of lockdown.

The film features diverse musical performances ranging from original folk songs and instrumentals to Spanish rumba flamenca and a traditional Armenian melody. Members of the household share personal accounts of life in lockdown, and a poem reflecting on the pandemic ties the whole piece together, making [FROM THE COOP] a pertinent exploration of their emotional response to the crisis.

“Having lost all of my performance work I turned to my camera to document what I realised was a pretty unique situation. I have been very lucky to spend this strange time with some amazing musicians, including Sid Goldsmith who co-produced this film with me. ” (Tamsin Elliot – Producer)


Directed by Tamsin Elliott
Produced by Tamsin Elliott and Sid Goldsmith
Audio production by Sid Goldsmith

Brambles (poem) by Bethany Roberts

Soundscape to Brambles by Rowan Elliott & Bethany Roberts
Produced by Rowan Elliott

Joy of Living by Ewan MacColl
Arranged and performed by Sid Goldsmith

Havasi Club by Thomas Hodson
Arranged and performed by Thomas Hodson, Liam O’Connell and Rowan Elliott

The Long Woman by Anonymous They
Performed by Anonymous They

Lament by Tamsin Elliott
Arranged and performed by Tamsin and Rowan Elliott

Volando Voy by Kiko Veneno
Arranged and performed by Elio Arauz de Marcos

Nubar Nubar – Traditional Armenian
Arranged and performed by Thomas Hodson, Tamsin Elliott, Liam O’Connell, Sid Goldsmith, Rowan Elliott, Bethany Roberts, Claire Vine and Elio Arauz de Marcos.

Trece Catorce by Solana