Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, an international celebration of film in the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, gets underway today 25 September and runs until the 29th. The Festival transforms the coastal town into one big cinema with premieres, installations and live events in locations across Berwick, along the town walls and even in an inflatable screening room. This year’s theme is North by Northeast, exploring Berwick’s Nordic roots and the region’s cultural and historical connections to Northern Europe. The line up includes Festen as well as For Those In Peril by Fife filmmaker Paul Wright.
Of the 13 world premieres in the programme, this year also sees one of the Festival’s biggest performance commissions to date, with Mercury Music Prize-nominees Field Music composing a new score for the seminal silent documentary Drifters by John Grierson (pictured above). With the band performing live, and the BBC Film programme’s Danny Leigh introducing the event, this is set to be one of the highlights of the Festival.
This year Berwick also welcomes the Festival’s first artist in residence, Matt Hulse, creating a installation inspired by deaf Scotsman James Duthie who cycled solo to the Arctic Circle.
For more information about the line up, booking and venues, click here.