Arts and cinema in the spotlight

Get set for an autumn epic as the full programme for Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival is revealed.

Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 15:10 pm
Updated Friday, 24th August 2018, 17:24 pm
The white wall

With premieres, exhibitions and other events packed into four days of cinema next month, the event promises a veritable feast for film fans.

Among the highlights of the 2018 programme is new commission Enceindre, the first collaboration between Turner-prize nominated artist-filmmaker Luke Fowler and sound recordist Chris Watson.

Jin.

Supported by the LUMA Foundation, Outset Scotland and Berwick Town Council, it is a study of two 16th century fortified cities – Berwick-upon-Tweed and Pamplona in the North of Spain. There is also a ‘dark cinema’ version with an alternative soundtrack specially created by Watson for The Maltings cinema.

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Another festival first, and a UK premiere, is Screening The Forest, a series of films brought together by Thai curator Dr Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn. With nature at its heart, it weaves together forests from Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

And in a piece co-presented with Berwick Film Society, Turkish filmmaker Reha Erdem offers Jîn, following a teenage Red Riding Hood figure with a fierce survival instinct.

Meanwhile, the Essential Cinema retrospective takes a fresh look at classic works, as well as overlooked masterpieces. Each film is rarely seen, and most are shown in new restorations for the first time in the UK.

Included in the programme is Hyenas by Djibril Diop, from African cinema, while Lips of Blood was the favourite work of French horror-erotica auteur Jean Rollin.

Artist in Residence Lucy Clout, from Berwick Visual Arts, will present Solvent Magazine, including sculptural and video works, at the Gymnasium Gallery. A film of the same title brings together research about the close readings of bodies.

Other exhibitions will be presented throughout the town in historic buildings, empty shops and hidden corners.

And members of the Berwick Youth Project have worked with artist collective Film Bee to present The Hurt Goes On, using collective reflection and DIY problem solving to create a series of provocations and installations.

There is still time to volunteer for the festival and an informal briefing session will be held today (Thursday), from 6pm to 8pm, at the YHA, Berwick.

The festival runs from Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23. Full passes cost £35 and tickets for all events are available from The Maltings box office at www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

The full programme guide is available in print and online at bfmaf.org or from The Maltings.