Keeping House

Saturday 20th September / 3:30PM @ The Maltings Theatre & Cinema

*Please note - this screening has been postponed*

It is with regret that we have been informed of the sudden passing of Mr William Cowe, one of the former owners of the Cowe Brothers Cockle shop in Berwick, and one of the subjects of Keeping House, a new short film by Ian Fenton and Jacob Polley.

The world premiere was planned for this coming Saturday, at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema in Berwick, as part of the 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, and I’m sad to say that out of respect for the family, we have decided to postpone the screening.

The Festival, together with The Maltings, the Berwick Historic Area Improvement Scheme (Heritage Lottery Funded Townscape Heritage Initiative) who commissioned the film, and Ian and Jacob who made it, are committed to showcasing Keeping House at some point in the near future as an important record of landmark buildings in Berwick and a fitting tribute to William Cowe – but this Saturday comes too soon.

We can only apologise for cancelling at this late stage, but trust you understand our reasons.

For those still planning to travel to Berwick, please click here to see what else is on that day.

World Premiere

An evocative documentary exploring the beguiling atmospheres of the William Cowe & Sons cockle shop premises in Berwick, a family business dating back to 1801.

Behind the shuttered doors, amongst the ledgers, the stuffed cupboards, the tea chests, and the family memorabilia, filmmaker Ian Fenton and poet Jacob Polley discovered a decaying world caught between the near and distant past, where obsolete floppy discs rubbed shoulders with cheques from the 1870s and everything - right down to the dirt itself - seemed imbued with historical significance.

Commissioned by Northumberland County Council’s "At the Crossroads; heart of Berwick upon Tweed Townscape Heritage Initiative" with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Followed by Q&A with directors, Ian Fenton and Jacob Polley.

This event is FREE of charge.

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Artist Ian Fenton & Jacob Polley Country UK Year 2014 Duration 45 minutes