Borderlines Film Festival 2015 in north Herefordshire
Date Posted: 16th February 2015
Borderines Film Festival in North Herefordshire
Friday 27 February to Sunday 15 March
Festival of British Cinema
which will take place in Hay-on-Wye as part of the Borderlines opening weekend (Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March),
In a year when the BAFTA and Oscar award nominations have been criticized for blandness and lack of diversity, Borderlines Film Festival ,offers cinema-goers in Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Marches, a more stimulating and varied palette of films to choose from.
Films in the Borderlines Festival
Borderlines Film Festival will be showing films like Boyhood (best film BAFTA, best director for Richard Linklater and best supporting actress award for Patricia Arquette), Birdman (winner of the BAFTA for cinematography), Whiplash (BAFTAs for sound, editing and best supporting actor J. K. Simmons), Foxcatcher and Selma which both won critical acclaim as well as garnering BAFTA and Oscar nominations, side by side with crowd-pleasers like The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hoteland A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman's directorial debut starring Kate Winslet and showing prior to its UK release, there is also the opportunity to see more challenging fare.
Films in the Festival of British Cinema
The Festival of British Cinema highlights some of the more interesting and lively forthcoming British independent releases: X+Y with Asa Buttterfield as an autistic teenage maths prodigy coming to terms with the situations his genius throws him into; Electricity, the screen debut of model Agyness Deyn, attempts to create a visual equivalent of what it is like to suffer from epilepsy, while The Falling, director Carol Morley’s long awaited follow-up to Dreams of a Life, is an inventive and heady interpretation of teenage girlhood starring Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones.
Word cinema has always been a strong feature of Borderlines and this year is no exception with films from China, Argentina, Palestine, Pakistan and Ukraine. Many of these are showing as previews, prior to their UK release, eighteen in total across Borderlines and the Festival of British Cinema. It is significant that four of the nominations for the Film not in the English Language BAFTA including the winner Ida, are screening at the film festival: Two Days, One Night, Leviathan andTrash. The fifth, The Lunchbox screened as a preview at Borderlines in 2014.
It has been one of programmer David Sin’s ambitions to draw together as many recent award winners from the major international film festivals for Borderlines 2015.
He says: “These new films have already created the lingering excitement that can only be found at film festivals. It is our aspiration to bring something of this exhilaration to the audiences of Herefordshire and Shropshire who have as much if not more eagerness when it comes to watching films as metropolitan cinema-goers.”
Titles David and his team at the Independent Cinema Office have managed to procure include Winter Sleep (Palme D’Or, Cannes), A Pigeon That Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Golden Lion, Venice), Black Coal, Thin Ice (Golden Bear, Berlin), Leviathan (Official Competition, BFI London FF), The Tribe (Sutherland Award, BFI London FF) as well as Whiplash (Sundance).
Guests at the Borderlines Film Festival
Confirmed guests for both the Festival of British Cinema and Borderlines include distinguished cinema expert and broadcaster Professor Ian Christie who will be bringing to light some of the forgotten women filmmakers of the 40s and 50s including Jill Craigie, who was married to Michael Foot, Kay Mander and Ruby, sister of John Grierson, the father of British documentary. Directors Uberto Pasolini (Still Life), Leila Sansour (Open Bethlehem) and Morgan Matthews (X+Y), Sinead Kirwan, producer of Miner’s Strike documentary Still the Enemy Within will be presenting their films to audiences in Hay-on-Wye and Hereford, while Berwyn Rowlands, Director of Cardiff’s Iris Prize Festival will introduce a section of the best British LGBT shorts.
Meanwhile in A View From the Cutting Room Floor leading editor Tony Lawson will relate his experiences working with directors Stanley Kubrick, Nicolas Roeg and Neil Jordan and Adam Woodward, Deputy Editor of Little White Lies magazine will introduce a screening of Charlie’s Country at The Courtyard, Hereford, part of a mini-retrospective highlighting the collaboration between Australian director Rolf de Heer and charismatic Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil.
Live Music at the Film Festivals
The festivals are showing three films with live musical accompaniment: A Cottage on Dartmoor in the Gothic surroundings of the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Hay-on-Wye with Fr Richard Williams at the organ, and at The Courtyard in Hereford the sensational German silent Pandora’ s Box, starring the legendary screen siren Louise Brooks with pre-eminent silent film pianist Stephen Horne.
Film of Rural North Herefordshire & Mortimer Country
Five Years in the Fifties, a specially created film documenting life in rural North Herefordshire sixty years ago with a live commissioned score and poetic narration.One of the four venues in Hay-on-Wye for the Festival of British Cinema promises to surprise and thrill film-goers. It is a 55ft long, 36 ton articulated lorry, which converts into a comfortable, air-conditioned mobile cinema with top range digital projection and sound, seating 100. Recently acquired by Picturehouse Cinemas, its sojourn at the Oxford Road car park in Hay-on-Wye will only be its second outing.
Bookings for the Films
Booking for all films and events at both festivals can be made in person at The Courtyard, Hereford, online at www.borderlinesfilmfestival.org, by calling the Central Box Office number 01432 340555, alternatively by contacting individual venues directly.
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