Song for Europe

On 1 December 1990, watched by the world's media, construction worker Graham Fagg of Dover climbed through a hole in a chalk wall 40 meters below the seabed of the English Channel, shook the hand of Philippe Cozette of Calais, and shouted, “Vive la France!”. On 23 June 2016 Britain voted to leave the European Union. Inspired by a message for motorists on Eurotunnel trains, Song for Europe is an underwater celebration of Britain’s connection to mainland Europe.
by John Smith
with John Smith
United Kingdom 2017 English 4’ Colour Documentary form


  • John Smith


Director John Smith
Cinematography John Smith
Editing John Smith
Sound John Smith

Produced by

John Smith Films

John Smith

John Smith was born in 1952 in Walthamstow, London, Great Britain, where he lives and works. He studied film at the Royal College of Art. Since 1972 he has made over 50 film, video, and installation works that have been shown in gallery, museum, independent cinema, and television contexts around the world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals.


1975 Associations 1976 The Girl Chewing Gum 1986 Om 1987 The Black Tower 1991 Slow Glass 1992 Gargantuan 1994 Home Suite 1996 Blight 2001 Lost Sound; 28 min., with Graeme Miller 2003 Worst Case Scenario 2007 Hotel Diaries 2010 Flag Mountain 2011 Unusual Red Cardigan 2012 Dad’s Stick 2014 White Hole 2015 Steve Hates Fish 2016 Who Are We? 2017 Song for Europe

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018