This year, we've joined forces with film collectors and curators Screen Bandita to offer a range of opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy films from the archive, to play with vintage film technology, and to dust off your own home movies and bring them to the Festival!
Based in Edinburgh, Screen Bandita members Lydia Beilby and Leanora Olmi share Berwick Film Festival’s passion for celluloid, regularly hosting their own events North of the Border, and this September they will bring this archive to Berwick.
Films from the Attic
Opening up their archive in The Maltings Henry Travers Studio, Festival-goers can access a collection of super8 films, slide photographs and gramophone records as part of a free, drop in session on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd September. Participants can have fun, rummaging through the old films – and what’s more - for those of you with your own spools of home movies, super8 films gathering dust, and old slides in the attic – bring them along, and Lydia and Leanora will play them for you. And if you have any old photographs you’d like to share, come and display them in the pop-up gallery! Suitable for young and old, this friendly, informal session is a chance to see your own films, perhaps for the first time in years, as well as an opportunity to experience old films anew.
The Films from the Attic session runs 2.30-5.30pm on Sat 22nd Sep, and is a free, drop in session, with no need to book. And if you have super8 film or slides to share – just bring them along!
Adventures in Celluloid
Catering for wee ones specifically, Lydia and Leanora are running a fun, educational workshop for children aged 7+ the next morning, at 10.30 on Sunday 23rd September. This is a rare chance for children to play with vintage film technology, encouraging the young participants to see how film passes through a projector, to select gramophone records, and to create their own stories and soundtracks for Super8 films from the past.
The Adventures in Celluloid workshop runs 10.30am-12pm on Sun 23rd Sep, and is only £3 per child. For details on booking, please go to www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/workshops or call 01289 330999
A Live Road Movie in Super8 and Sound
As part of the closing evening of the Festival, Sunday 23rd September brings the World Premiere of a newly commissioned live event, which sees a compilation from Screen Bandita’s archive being presented alongside a score from Glasgow folk quartet, The One Ensemble. The event promises to be a cinematic adventure on the open road through Super8, slide projection, and a live score - an experience which offers audiences a journey from Berwick, through Scotland and around the world.
Commissioned especially for the Festival, with the support of PRS Foundation and Arts Council England, A Live Road Movie in Super8 and Sound takes place at 6pm on Sun 23rd Sep. Tickets cost just £6 (£5 for concessions).