Action-packed programme unveiled for Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2010



Action-packed programme unveiled for
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2010

15 – 19 September, 2010

It’s curtain-up on the programme for the 6th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival – five action-packed days of film and video art from home and abroad, showcasing a number of UK premieres and specially-commissioned pieces.

This truly international celebration of the moving image will be staged from 15-19 September at the Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre and at a host of unique locations across the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

This year’s event will explore the theme Stagings, focusing on the role of the screen as a stage and featuring, among other highlights; dance on film, music documentary, old classics and live performance.

The gala opening at the Maltings Theatre on 15 September will feature a live performance, The Keystone Cut Ups, created specifically for the festival by artists People Like Us and Ergo Phizmiz (aka Vicki Bennett and Dominic Robertson). It will explore the relationship between early silent comedy and early avant-garde cinema through video collage and an original musical score.

The festival includes UK premieres of Karaoke, a semi-autobiographical drama which juxtaposes a young man’s idealism with the reality of a changing Malaysia through karaoke videos, and the darkly comic and visually stunning Estonian contemporary drama The Wish Tree.

And you won’t want to miss the English premiere of Freetime Machos, a touching comedy about the most northern – and third lousiest – rugby team in the world!

In addition, there are English premieres of the award-winning Italian documentary The Mouth of the Wolf and the entertainingly absurd comedy drama Whisky with Vodka, from the multi-award-winning German director Andreas Dresen, which closes the festival.

Also, festival-goers will get the chance to watch the world premiere of a film made by a group of young people who were challenged to create a short film in just one week, from script-writing to directing, acting to editing.

Young and old alike will by charmed by a selection of animated films to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Poland’s International Young Audience Film Festival, while Scotland is animated more beautifully than you’ve ever seen in the enchanting story The Illusionist.

Live performances include Wherever I Lay My Hat, which explores different ideas and attitudes to the meaning of ‘home’, and Caught in the Light, in which virtuoso performer Guy Sherwin presents a specially curated mix of live performances and short projected pieces.

For a spot of nostalgia, you can catch the Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera and witness the live performance of Vintage Radio Plays, a 1940s-style radio broadcast combined with the crazy world of vintage celluloid.

Melanie Iredale, Festival Director said today:
“This year's programme is a playful one, and all themed around the idea of the screen as a stage, from 'staged' documentaries such as Mouth of the Wolf to the festival field in All Tomorrow's Parties.
 In September, Berwick itself will become a platform for films and performances from all over the world, from Argentina to Australia, and we look forward to showcasing them.”

Tickets are available to purchase from and from the Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre Box Office at Eastern Lane,
Berwick-upon-Tweed, telephone 01289 330999.


For Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2010 press enquiries please contact:

Nicky Harrison, White Hot Communications
T: 0191 280 8020 / 07824 390826


Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival: Stagings
Wed-Sun 15-19 September 2010

The Festival returns for its sixth edition to celebrate the art of film in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Over the course of five action-packed days, we will be offering a whole range of feature and short films, artists’ film and video work and specially commissioned pieces. These will be screened at the Maltings and other unique architectural locations across town as part of the Artist's trail.

This year’s theme, Stagings, explores the role of the screen as a stage, turning Berwick itself into a platform for screening, projecting and staging moving image. The selected works offer different approaches to the relationship between performer, camera and audience and will include dance on film, music videos and old classics – something for everyone: from children to families to fans of film, art, theatre and music.

The Maltings will once again be our base for the Festival, with detailed information and tickets available from the box office. Details of the full programme will be released 19 August 2010.

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
Cooke Suite
The Maltings Theatre & Arts Centre
Eastern Lane
TD15 1AJ


Funders: Arts Council England, Northern Film & Media, BIG Lottery, Mediabox, North East Investment Centre, Northern Rock Foundation, Northumberland County Council, Community Foundation, Berwick Town Council

Sponsors: East Coast, Martins, Screen Academy Scotland, Tescos, University of Derby, Workspace

Images attached: Whisky with Vodka. Other images available on request.

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