The theme for this year’s 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is Border Crossing, reflecting the Scottish independence referendum which coincides with it.
“As a town that passed between England and Scotland 13 times and with an identity neither English nor Scottish but all of its own, it’s going to be a really interesting week to be in Berwick,” says festival director Melanie Iredale.
“We’re thrilled to be offering a platform for film-makers and artists from all over the world to respond to some of the themes being debated.”
For the record, the Scottish independence referendum will be on September 18. The festival runs from September 17-21.
Two new festival commissions have been announced.
Audio-visual artists Addictive TV have spent four years filming improvised recording sessions with more than 100 different musicians on several continents.
They all sampled and blended together to form a virtual group of musicians who never met.
Graham Daniels, of Addictive TV, explains: “We’ve recorded sessions all over the world but not yet in the UK. We’re really fascinated by Northumberland’s rich musical heritage so want to learn more.”
Addictive TV are recording folk musicians in Berwick ahead of a new one-off performance of Orchestra of Samples at The Maltings, Berwick, on September 19.
This will follow performances at venues including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Shanghai and the Glastonbury Festival.
The other new festival commission is Tweed-Sark Cinema.
This is a film, to be shown simultaneously on four screens, which explores the meaning of the English-Scottish border to those who live or work along the two rivers that mark it, the Tweed in the east and the Sark in the west.
A team led by John Wallace, an artist from Dumfriesshire, and eco-scientist Prof Pete Smith from Aberdeen University are working on the film which will be shown in the Bankhill Ice House in Berwick.
Early bird festival passes are on sale from www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com or tel. 01289 330999