Central Office of Information / Mordant Music - MisinforMation
MisinforMation is the result of the BFI asking mysterious music makers Mordant Music to re-score an array of 70s and 80s public information films and documentary shorts produced by the Central Office of Information (COI); a serendipitous meeting of sound and image that has produced one of the BFI’s most startling and uncategorisable DVD releases.
When the BFI took over management of the COI film collection it inherited hundreds of time-coded VHS compilations of the films. Musty and outmoded the format may be, but these tapes (compiled over the space of ten years) were, and still are, the main source of reference for the vast collection. Now housed in one of the BFI’s old nitrate viewing rooms, it was here that Mordant Music’s Baron Mordant was brought in to scroll, trawl, stumble, wind and re-wind his way through some of the wonderfully diverse films that now make up this DVD release.