Festival shaping up be Addictive viewing

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Two very different commissions have been revealed for this year’s Berwick Film Festival with only three months to go before the big event.

The 2014 showcase will carry the theme Border Crossing and, coincidentally, will begin on the same day Scotland votes in the referendum.

The collective responsible for the first commission are hoping to break down some borders with the piece they’re preparing for the festival.

Audio-visual artists Addictive TV, who are appearing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, have spent the last four years filming improvised recording sessions with more than 100 individual musicians in over 20 countries, from South America to West Africa and across Europe.

Percussionists, singers, flautists, guitarists and much more, all sampled and blended together to form a virtual group of musicians who never met. The commission will build on the music gathered from around the world by adding in some from local performers. The result will be Orchestra of Samples, which will be performed on Friday, September 19.

Addictive TV’s Graham Daniel 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. It’s great, we’re coming to Berwick in the summer to record sessions with local folk musicians.”

The second commission for this year is Tweed-Sark Cinema – an ambitious filmfrom Dumfriesshire artist and filmmaker John Wallace, and eco-scientist Professor Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen, which will be shown simultaneously across four-screens in Bankhill Ice House. It will explore the meaning of the border to those who live, work, visit and play around the banks of the two rivers which mark the English-Scottish divide: in the west, the Sark; and in the east, the Tweed.

John is currently busy filming in and around Berwick.

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