Project Description

A Film by David Prior and Frances Crow
Co-produced by Liminal and Binaural/Nodar

Of This Parish follows St. Anthony as he travels from a church tower out to the threshold at which its bells can be heard. The film is both a sonic portrait of Sul – the Parish in the Gralheira mountains of Portugal where it is set – and a meditation on the changing role of bells in a rural community.

Evoking the magico-sacred power of bells, the film weaves in local myths and traditions, comparing the historic role of the bell in transmitting messages with the latter-day defunct radio towers found on the edge of the parish.

Of This Parish was filmed on location in the parish of Sul and features the voice of Luis Costa who was born in the region and is now one of the founders of the Binaural/Nodar the art organisation that co-produced the film with liminal. Liminal is a UK studio, which explores the relationship between, sound, space and listening.

This film is available as DCP with stereo, 5.1 or 7.1 sound. It is also available in stereo or 5.1 sound as a either a .mov file (h.264 or ProRes422), Blu Ray or DVD. As the film is substantially led by its sound, and was first mixed in surround, surround presentation is recommended.

Of This Parish was made possible with support from the Arts Council England.


Liminal is a partnership between architect Frances Crow and sound artist and composer David Prior. We began working together in 1996, and formalised our working partnership in 2003. Our work focuses on exploring the relationship between sound, listening and the environment. It encompasses site-specific interventions and sound walks, gallery installations, performances, research and consultancy as well as sound and music environments for exhibitions.


Public presentations

Site, Sound & Place Festival | 5th April 2014 | The Little Theatre, Bath, England

Jardins Efémeros | 20th April 2014 | Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Viseu, Portugal

Mpumalanga Short Festival | 21st July 2014 | Nelspruit, South Africa

Fort Process | 13th September 2014 | Newhaven, United Kingdom

Bolgatty Film Festival | 15th September | Bogatty Island, India

Today’s Art | 25th and 27th September 2014 | Zuiderstrandtheatre, Hague, Netherlands

Contacts from programming and screening:

David Prior (Liminal):
Luís Costa (Binaural/Nodar):