Northumbrian life, told by the people who live here, their heritage, culture and stories.
Commissioned by Northumberland County Council, the film was inspired by the Olympic torch’s journey through the region. Following the same path taken by the flame, the film enters England through Berwick, relaying to Bamburgh, Alnwick, Alnmouth, Warkworth, Amble, Ashington, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Morpeth, Hartford/Plessey, Bedlington, Blyth, Prudhoe, Stocksfield and Hexham, before leaving the County through Riding Mill.
Filmmakers Ian McLaughlin and Bev Fox from Magic If Media worked with community groups, families and individuals from the towns and villages throughout May and June, asking each of them what is special about where they live. Featuring everything from Berwick’s bridges to Bedlington Terriors, Alnwick Gardens to Blyth Beach, music by the Unthanks, and above all, the people of Northumberland, Northern Flame also asks what it is that makes a Northumbrian a Northumbrian.
The journey of the Olympic Torch Relay through Northumberland started in Berwick on 14th June, leaving for Riding Mill towards Durham on 16th June, and Magic If, together with contributors from up and down the County were there to shoot what they could.
With 20,000 film clips and hundreds of photographs to edit in time for the World Premiere, Northern Flame itself is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, involving a good cross-section of Northumbrian life, pieced together by what makes what makes us a community, on screen.
All the Bells, in Berwick?
Bob Owtram | UK | 2012 | 5min
On Friday 27 July at 8.12am, Berwick-upon-Tweed joined thousands of
people across the UK in ringing bells to mark the opening of the
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of a commission by
artist Martin Creed entitled Work No.1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes.
Commissioned by Berwick Visual Arts, this film documents Berwick’s part in the nationwide celebration. Musician John Kenny plays the carnyx (a bronze Celtic war horn), the town bells ring out, and the people of Berwick join in.
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