William Cowe & Sons film receives world premiere in Berwick


William Cowe & Sons film receives world premiere in Berwick

The documentary, exploring the beguiling atmosphere of the famous Berwick cockle shop receives its screening in March

We are very pleased to announce the first ever screening of Keeping House, a documentary style film by directors Jacob Polley and Ian Fenton. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Berwick Townscape Heritage Initiative and in association with Northumberland County Council and The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, we will present two screenings of the evocative documentary featuring the buildings and former family business on Bridge Street in Berwick upon Tweed.

Behind the shuttered doors, amongst ledgers, overflowing cupboards, tea chests and family memorabilia, filmmaker Ian Fenton and poet Jacob Polley discovered a world caught between the near and distant past, where obsolete floppy discs were filed with cheques from the 1870s, and everything - right down to the dust itself - seemed charged with historical significance.

The film was commissioned by Northumberland County Council to premiere at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in 2014 but postponed following the sudden death of Mr. William Cowe. It will now screen twice on Friday 6 March 2015, with an introduction by Annette Reeves, Conservation Officer who commissioned the film; she commented: “We are pleased to be able to present this documentary as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative for local people and wider community. These buildings are ‘time deep’ imbued with historic significance and human heritage and the directors, Ian and Jacob have created a fitting tribute to William Cowe & Sons.”

The screening will be followed by Q&A with directors, Ian Fenton and Jacob Polley and tickets (limited to two per booker) are available from The Maltings Theatre and Cinema website or Box Office on 01289 330 999.