Berwick-upon-Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival Once Upon a Time Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September


Announcement of a Festival highlight:

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival invites you to its very own
Mad Hatters Tea Party!

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival returns for a seventh time to celebrate the art of film in Berwick-upon-Tweed over one action packed weekend, Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September.

Once Upon A Time….

This year the programme ventures into the realms of make-believe, exploring the enchantment – and the dark side – of the fairy tale on film. Through presenting the familiar stories, characters and imagery of folklore, the Festival re-presents and celebrates the art of storytelling on screen.

Using various locations in Berwick-upon-Tweed as a unique backdrop, the magic unfolds through a series of feature film screenings, short film programmes, artists’ video installations, live events and specially commissioned pieces.

There will also be an opportunity to take part - to meet the storytellers and to tell your own – with something for everyone from the very young to the young at heart, and for fans of film, of art and of tall tales.

Don’t be late, for a very important date!

The Festival invites you to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party you won't forget at Café Curio, Berwick's finest bistro and seller of antiques and curios. A variety of sandwiches, scones, and tea will be served - along with a showing of the first ever screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland from 1903, and lovingly restored by the BFI National Archive just last year.

"Curiouser and curiouser!," said Alice!

Festival Director Melanie Iredale said today, “Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite stories, in fact I think it’s one of a lot of people’s favourite stories. This 1903 adaptation is believed to be the first screen adaptation of the book, and at 12 minutes it was the longest film to have been made in the UK at the time. Unfortunately some of the film has been lost and damaged, and it has been restored as an 8 minute version, but it’s a wonderful and enchanting 8 minutes!”

The Mad Hatters Tea Party takes place at Café Curio, Bridge Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, at 2:30pm on Sunday 25th September 2011.

Melanie continues “We’re so delighted to be working with Café Curio on this event. I can’t think of a nicer place to serve afternoon tea or a more fitting venue for a Mad Hatters Tea Party. We originally met with managers Tracey and Peter in the Café last month, letting our imaginations run wild over coffee and pavlova, and have had so much fun planning the event since. We expect the it to attract people of all ages, from the very young to the very young at heart!”

Tickets for The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be available to purchase in advance from Monday 15th August at £8 adults / £6 concessions, from, and from The Maltings Box Office, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Capacity is limited, and booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Information on the full Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival programme can be found in the Festival Guide and on the website from Tuesday 30th August.

The event is being produced by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, in partnership with Café Curio and Berwick Food Festival. The Food Festival is combining food with film for the first time this year, kick starting the weekend event with a screening of the Oscar winning masterpiece Babette’s Feast on Thursday 8th September at the Maltings. The festival runs Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September, for details go to

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