The hugely popular Sea Change festival is heading to the South Hams this weekend, bringing big-screen exclusives and rare screenings to the program alongside an eclectic musical line-up.
Mark Jenkin, the director of the award-winning film ‘Bait’, will be among special guests at the three-day extravaganza which runs from Friday May 27th to Sunday May 29th in atmospheric buildings across Totnes.
Events spanning music, art, film and literature will take place inside the City’s Grade I listed St Mary’s Church, the ethically innovative Bull Inn, the Barrel House Ballroom at the ceiling golden, from 17e Century Birdwood House and the award-winning Drift Record Shop.
The Totnes Cinema promises to be one of the weekend’s most intriguing venues, hosting a program of films, previews, rare screenings and conversations with filmmakers.
Programmed by Stone Club, the range of documentaries, videos, short films and interviews explores the life, culture, history and traditions of Britain and includes works and performances by some of the most inspiring, eccentric personalities and curious today.
Stone Club will present Mark Jenkin’s acclaimed film “Bronco’s House” with a special introduction from director and producer Denzil Monk followed by a Q&A with the duo.
Director Mark Jenkins, left (. ) (.)
The cinema will also host a big-screen outing for Jenkins’ new music video for Radiohead’s “Skirting on the Surface,” The Smile.
Stone Club will present short films Stones of Kernow, by Matthew Shaw featuring Boscawen Un Stone Circle and I am a Stone by Lally MacBeth, filmed at the Merry Maidens Stone Circle in Penzance, with poetry in English and Kernewek.
Filmmakers WIZ and Chloe Raunet, along with Heavenly founder Jeff Barrett, will be on hand to discuss what the Chemical Brothers have called “the original Acid House odyssey.”
Released in 1992, and now regarded by the British Film Institute as one of the most innovative musical films ever made, “Weekender” tackles often sensational contemporary issues.
Kernow Stones (. ) (.)
Consequently, it was marked with an 18 certificate and banned by the BBC and ITV networks, never reaching a large audience.
Carefully restored from the original 16mm negative, this incandescent tour de force will be screened in its brand new 2K presentation.
Other cinematic highlights include a new short from Gwenno, complementing her upcoming album “Tresor”; and the first screening of ‘The Island of Doc Rowe’ following the eminent folklorist as he tours the UK to learn about his weird and wonderful calendar customs as communities roll out lockdown hibernation.
Gwenno (. ) (.)
There will also be an exclusive Jeremy Deller film of ‘Wiltshire B4 Christ’ which mixes new and archival photography with pagan symbolism and rave iconography, exploring British identity and the enduring appeal of Neolithic sites like Stonehenge .
Jessica Wheeler’s Forest Coal Pit, an intimate Super 8mm portrait of two elderly brothers who live together on a small farm in the Black Mountains, South Wales, will be screened, along with a series of music videos and films from Drag City Records featuring Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bill Callahan, Ty Segall, Bill Nace and Matchess.
Musicians headlining the festival include The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, Mercury nominee Porridge Radio Chilly Gonzales, acclaimed songwriter, performer and live soundtrack, Ethio-jazz maestro Gwenno Hailu Mergia and the Scottish Album of the Year award. winning singer-songwriter, Kathryn Joseph.
For more information and tickets visit www.seachangepresents.co.uk