From Berwick to Blyth: Northern Flame film project captures the Olympic Torch Relay


Thursday saw the Olympic Torch Relay pass into Northumberland through Berwick before making its way through the County to Blyth and into Tyne and Wear between 14 – 16 June and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival are proud to be able to support a London2012 Inspire Mark project which will film the torch along its route.

In partnership with Northern Film & Media, Northumberland College and the Festival, Northumberland County Council have commissioned production company Magic If to create a film about the Olympic Torch Relay through Northumberland.

Filmmakers Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin documented the torch as it travelled through Northumberland, engaging with community groups such as Berwick Youth Project and many others to produce a film, which those involved have called “Northern Flame.” Footage for the film was be shot by members of the community who captured the torch on film as it passed from Berwick to, Bamburgh, Alnwick, Hipsburn, Warkworth, Amble, Ashington, Newbiggin By the Sea, Choppington, Morpeth, Hartford and Bedlington before finally reaching Blyth on 15 June.

The film will be premiered as part of a free event here at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, which returns for its eighth celebration of the art of film; Wednesday 19th – Sunday 23rd September.

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