Tickets are on sale for a month-long film festival coming to Devon and Cornwall this autumn.
It’s All About the River is a major cultural programme, which aims to explore the historical and future connections of local and international communities with the River Tamar.
Starting on September 12, it will feature new commissions from local, national and international artists and filmmakers, alongside screenings of popular and cult classics in communities from Calstock to Cargreen, Bere Alston to Barne Barton.
Presented by The River Tamar Project and Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University, the festival is being staged with funding from Arts Council England, the British Film Institute Film Festival Fund, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, the Heritage Lottery Fund and FEAST.
Artistic Director Paula Orrell says: “This is the next exciting phase of the build-up to the festival, and there is just over a month to go until the first films are shown in Calstock. The support we have received so far has been amazing, and there is a real buzz in towns and villages along the Tamar about the range of events coming to their communities. We hope the festival will encourage a new understanding and appreciation of this important natural asset, and raise its profile both nationally and internationally.”
The festival – which coincides with the Plymouth Ocean City Festival – aims to celebrate and revitalise cultural spaces and communities and raise new questions about the river’s potential as an economic and cultural force in the 21st Century.
Among the new commissions are works by BAFTA nominated director John Akomfrah and production company Smoking Dogs; Uriel Orlow, who featured in Tate Britain’s recent British Artists Film and Video programme; internationally recognised artist Mikhail Karikis; recipient of the Oriel Davies Award 2012 Melanie Manchot; Glasgow-based sound artist Mark Vernon; Plymouth-based artist Richard Allman; and Plymouth University lecturer Kayla Parker and Sundog Media’s Stuart Moore.
Other highlights include a unique screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Apocalypse Now on the Torpoint Ferry, while Keith Richards, Bono and Aretha Franklin star in Muscle Shoals, showing at Calstock Arts. Horror fans will be able to see Plague of Zombies while enjoying a drink at the Buccaneer in Gunnislake, while the spirit of the 1940s will be recreated with a vintage evening transforming Bere Alston Parish Hall into a wartime cinema.
More information and the full festival programme can be seen at www.itsallabouttheriver.org.uk