Elbow | Flying Dream 1

Documentary  |  Elbow | Flying Dream 1  |  Elbow

Flying Dream 1 follows the story of elbow’s ninth studio album, recorded during lockdown at Brighton’s Theatre Royal in 2021. Such a unique and beautiful experience spending two weeks with the band in this stunning space.

Elbow looked completely comfy in the music hall charm of the theatre. To hear them play the new material, the resonance of the songs in this beautiful space, was such a privilege. As a filmmaker it a treat, the space had a spirit to it that you just don't get in recording studios and this permeated the whole film.

Guy on ‘Flying Dream 1’: “I’m excited that this documentary may lead people to Flying Dream 1. We released the album soon after it was finished though we knew it may get lost in the post covid clamour and so it did. But there was a poignancy to much of the subject matter we didn’t want to squander. Just nine months on I look back at our time at the Theatre Royal Brighton as the happiest recording experience of our lives. We’re so proud of this record and it’s my personal favourite of the nine so far. Beautifully captured by our old friend Mark Thomas of the Soup Collective (Any Day Now onwards), it was a truly magical experience.”


Directed by Mark Thomas

Music by elbow

Words by Guy Garvey

Filmed in Brighton, Summer 2021

Elbow are

Guy Garvey
Craig Potter
Mark Potter
Pete Turner

Worldwide Management - TRC Management Ltd

Camera: Mark Thomas

Additional Camera: Percy Dean, Finn Browning and Sarah Palmer

Pre-light: Percy Dean

Lighting gaffer: Tim Dawes

AV technician: Evan Wilson

Cameras and AV infrastructure by Blackmagic Design

Edited by Maretha Ilves and Mark Thomas

Title design by Virginia Gilles

A Soup Co. Production

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