Monday, September 19, 2011

Film Programme at Berwick Record Office Exhibition - Past, Present and Future at Berwick Guildhall, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September

My blog on 8 September mentioned the Berwick Record Office Exhibition.

The film programme has just been announced.

Saturday 24 September
11am Canney View of Berwick and the Investigator (1970s)

1pm Miscellaneous: - Queen Mother's Visit to Berwick, 1970s; Goswick Rail Crash, 1947; Mayor's Sunday, 1947 ; Snapshots of Berwick, 1929; Berwick Horse Procession and Fair, 1911

3pm Fred Stott's Berwick in the 1950s

Sunday 25th September 
11.30am Canney View of Berwick and the Investigator (1970s)

12.45 Miscellaneous - Queen Mother's Visit to Berwick, 1970s; Goswick Rail Crash, 1947; Mayor's Sunday, 1947 ; Snapshots of Berwick, 1929; Berwick Horse Procession and Fair, 1911

3pm Fred Stott’s Berwick in the 1950s


Films in the cells as part of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
La Tristesse Riche  by Erwin Olaf
Netherlands | 2010 | 11min HD Video UK Premiere

In what appears to be a beautiful 19th century costume drama, the world of Sophie is invaded by intruders who are invisible to the rest of her family. Is poor Sophie mad, or simply a visionary?

Rammatik - by Marianna Mørkøre & Rannvá Káradóttir Mare
UK | 2011 | 6min | Super-8 transferred to Digital Video World Premiere

Commissioned by Northumberland County Council in partnership with the Festival, and featuring members of the Maltings' Youth Drama and Dance Company, Mare was filmed on the Berwick coastline, while the title refers to the ‘sea' and the folkloric meaning of the spirit in nightmares.

Unravel: The Longest Hand- painted Film in Britain (Berwick excerpt) UK | 2011 | 14min 16mm transferred to Digital Video by Maria Anastassiou, Kelvin Brown, Joanna Byrne, Chris Paul Daniels & Mark Pickles World Premiere

This time last year, over 100 people in Berwick participated in the first of many workshops all over the country to create the longest hand-painted film in Britain. This year, the Festival is proud to be premiering the resulting film.

Solar Sight : by Lawrence Jordan   UK Premiere
USA | 2011 | 15min | Video transfer from 16mm film

A dreamlike collaged landscape of free association, transformation and mythical symbolism. This latest work by the influential US avant- garde animator, Jordan, is a poetic reflection on the place of the human being in the cosmos. Courtesy of Lawrence Jordan & LUX, London.


The Golden Age  : by Toby Tatum
UK | 2010 | 6min | Digital Video

A return to the fabled Golden Age of antiquity where the inhabitants of a secluded utopia dedicate themselves to relaxation and artistic pursuits. Featuring British Sea Power's Abi Fry, who also composed the film's original score.

All the films will be shown on a loop.

Please do come along and support this event – it's free!

We hope to see some of you on the stand on the Saturday, but not on the Sunday !

Why ?

On the Sunday afternoon we hope to see you at the first of our new season of talks - Mary Craig will be talking about the witchcraft trials of the Borders.
This talk will be at the Corn Exchange, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN and starts at 2.30 pm.

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