The Delian Mode

By Kara Blake

The Delian Mode

The Delian Mode is an award-winning experimental documentary (Best Short Documentary at Hot Docs, 2009) revolving around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the ‘Doctor Who’ theme music.

The Delian Mode


A collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s characteristic approach to audio creation and manipulation, this film illuminates her soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades.


The Delian Mode


25 min. / Digibeta

Language: English

Subtitles: (No)

Screenplay: Kara Blake

Cinematography: Philippe Blanchard and Kara Blake

Sound: Lynne Trépanier and Simon Gervais

Editing: Kara Blake

Production: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre & Kara Blake for Philtre Films

Distribution: Vidéographe Distribution

Philtre Films is the umbrella under which Kara Blake siphons her creative energy into activities such as: directing short films and music videos, collaborating on installations, designing and compositing visuals for moving and print media. Based in Montréal, Philtre Films has produced works screened internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art New York, San Francisco Art Institute, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Independent Film Channel. Clients and collaborators include NúFilms, 7th Embassy, Île Blanche, La Tribu, and Peaches.