New British Film Festival Moscow
"Peter Bromley's new documentary 'Various Songs' is about 2 musicians, Pete Fij & Terry Bickers. Both are former label-mates of Creation Records, one of the most important record companies of the 80s and 90s. Bromley's beautiful film is a unique document of two musicians who are passionate about playing and recording music. The film receives its premiere at the Documentary Film Centre in the Museum of Moscow"
Imperial War Museum
"The region of Picardy in Northern France was the location of some of the heaviest fighting along the Western Front in the First World War. Peter Bromley's cinematically rich 'On the Somme' presents a multi-faceted depiction of the landscape of this area. Despite the unmistakable tranquillity of the region, the film conveys the sense with which the conflict and its casualties are written in to the land itself"
Bradford City of Film
"On the Somme by Peter Bromley is a simultaneously intimate and cinematic survey of the landscape of Picardy, scene of some of the heaviest fighting on the Western Front. Based on still photographs that Bromley had previously taken of the scars on the landscape, the tranquillity of the piece was a subtle and moving exploration of how war becomes a part of its environment, and the longevity of its impact"
Little White Lies
"1968 Film Group make films that look at Art, Politics and Music. Most of the time these film essays have a limited audience outside their own subject interest, but still the Group will invest time and energy in a belief that an audience does and can exist beyond film festival screenings. Even if their work sits in the newly worded film culture reference of Long Format these Filmmakers will still make films, and long may we be thankful for that"
"1968 Film Group are a independent production company fronted by filmmaker Peter Bromley. Their documentaries offer a unique blend of the political and the surreal, creating a coruscating critique of imagined realities, even when boring, their films are still interesting"
The International Photography Awards
Somme Project takes Silver Award at the IPA in New York City. "The IPA is determined to recognize and award photography's leading talent who are creating, shaping and changing the world of photography today"
British Film Institute
On the Somme - "The particular creative challenge of the project itself is immense - to creatively treat a period of the first world war history - a period characterized by a new phase in human barbarity - one that would produce carnage and destruction to life on an industrial, hitherto unknown scale... this brings me to think about the film as a piece of visual poetry, a poetic treatment of a changing visual landscape as much as an historical meditation. In the arresting beauty of the images, the war seems to be some distant nightmare - the many thousands of dead who were never given a proper burial still only just a footfall beneath the surface"
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
"In his close-up portrait 'Charles Hayward Recorded' Peter Bromley shows the dedication and passion with which Hayward approaches his music and craft. Bromley has created a very unique and poetic documentary. The screening of the film in the festival will be its world premiere"
"The beauty of Peter Bromley's images come from their fundamental simplicity and directness. Their mystery lies in the sense of human, earthly familiarity they evoke"
"The Passenger is Peter Bromley's second book. Of the book's two parts, the first continues his interest in the informal portrait; assured, personal and with a simple, direct quality. The second deals with abstract, textural subjects; the images here have a cool, quiet feel, reflecting Bromley's concerns with the quality of light on a surface. The two parts add up to a fine book of photographs; and beautifully printed"
The Marseille Film And Theatre Festival
"Bromley's films work on many levels and follow a complex montage of images and sounds. Sometimes these ideas work, sometimes they don't. But Bromley is still an interesting filmmaker to watch"
"Peter Bromley's work with Dance Company Kelemenis, based in Marseille, has crossed the fifteen years of a working relationship, which has produced many photographs and short films, but last night at the Lyon Opera House, we saw the first stage sets Bromley has done for the company: What a beautiful experience it was to see them on stage with the dancers"
Portobello Film Festival
"no ticket...no address...no papers...an offence you can be arrested for? "Take him in... we've got a few questions". The urban mundane, the revenue inspector stops a passenger without a ticket, the descent begins. This is James O'Brien's second short for 1968 Film Group and again he delivers a political tour de force"