Thursday, 28 January 2016

Borderlines Film Festival

I've just seen the brochure for this year's Film Festival, which will be happening from Friday 26th February to Sunday 13th March.
It looks as if they've put together another interesting programme, which will be taking place across 26 venues, from Ross-on-Wye to Oswestry, with a lot going on at the Courtyard in Hereford as well as Hay.
This year, they're featuring Romani Cinema - Gypsy, a story from Eastern Slovakia; Jimmy Riviere, about the French Gens de Voyages (or Travellers); and Green Green Grass Beneath, which is about a Romani painter, Ceija Stojka, who survived Auschwitz. The films have been chosen by Romani and were mostly made by Romani directors and with Romani cast members.
In Hay, the cinema in a lorry, Picturehouse Screen Mobile, will be parking in Hay Car Park (I think it was meant to come last year, but there was a breakdown, or some other reason it couldn't get here), and films will be shown at Booth's Cinema and the Parish Hall. All the films shown in Hay will be part of the Festival of British Cinema.
Last year, Father Richard played the organ for the silent film A Cottage on Dartmoor, which was a wonderful film, and this year the earliest film by the director of that film, Anthony Asquith, will be shown. It's called Shooting Stars, set in a movie studio in Cricklewood in the 1920s, made in 1928, so silent, but with a restored sound track.
The compilation of Central Office of Information films - How to Survive the 1940s - sounds fun as well!
A local film is Black Mountain Poets, set in a poets' camping retreat near Hay.
The one I want to see most is The Edge of the World, a 1937 film about the community on the remote island of St Kilda, at the time that they finally were evacuated from their homes.
The new Dad's Army film will be on at Booth's Cinema, as well.

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