Berwick Bandits film to be shown at Glasgow event

A film about Berwick Bandits speedway team, the sell-out highlight of last year's Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, is to take centre stage at Glasgow's equivalent.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 22 February, 2018, 11:07
Margaret Salmon's film about Berwick Bandits.

The ground-breaking work, Mm, features a nail-biting match between the Berwick Bandits and the Peterborough Panthers and was shot on location at Shielfield Stadium last summer.

It is to be part of Glasgow Film Festival and will be screened on Saturday, at 7.30pm at Tramway, and will include a one-off live performance by Scottish Album of the Year 2017 winners, post-punk all-girl band Sacred Paws, who also provided the soundtrack for the film.

Tickets are available from Glasgow Film or Tramway.

Mm celebrated the Berwick Bandits’ 50th anniversary season with an imaginative take on the thrilling world of this popular motorcycle sport.

This intimate portrait features riders, spectators and familiar Berwick figures in this vital tradition.

The production of this new film was generously supported by Berwick-based Simpsons Malt.

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Mm is the work of acclaimed artist and filmmaker Margaret Salmon, whose work is the subject of an exhibition also at Tramway (which continues to Sunday, March 18).

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Janice Forsyth Show, Margaret said: “I have so much respect for what they achieve every night they go out, it’s really dangerous!”

Mm was commissioned by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Northern Film & Media, with support from Arts Council England.

It is one of a number of new works commissioned by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival which have gone on to feature in high profile international festivals and venues, including Berlin and New York.

The 14th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival will take place from September 20 to 23, with further details to be announced in due course.

Last year’s event attracted record attendances.