Borderlines Film Festival New cinema launches in Wem
Arriving in Shropshire and Herefordshire bright and early in 2010, the Borderlines (www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk) will screen more than 80 films in 36 venues in the two counties and beyond into the Marches between Friday 26th February and Sunday 14th March.
Where most film festivals gather people together in one location, Borderlines covers a huge span of countryside from Wem in North Shropshire all the way down to Ross-on-Wye in South Herefordshire, a distance of over 80 miles.
Not only is Wem Town Hall a brand new venue for Borderlines in 2010, there-vamped Victorian building right in the heart of the small market town launches as an exciting new multi-use centre during the festival.
Gutted by fire in 1994, rebuilt, then gradually falling into disuse except as a location for weekly markets, the building¹s cause was taken up by the local Community Group in a OHall or Nothing¹ campaign and, in collaboration with Wem¹s Thomas Adams School, plans for the centre were put in motion.
Mayor Douglas Cooley calls the revitalised Wem Town Hall, which launches officially on 4th March ³a beacon for the town.
"The Borderlines selection at Wem has a distinctly musical theme with Youssou N'Dour I Bring What I Love, a refreshingly optimistic documentary about a super star of world music, the acclaimed Nowhere Boy which revisits John
Lennon's formative years and the extraordinary accordion journey that is The Wind Journeys.
Playing on the festival opening night, Friday 26 February, the suitably dynamic early Soviet silent film Man with a Movie Camera plus Buster Keaton's Neighbors, both with introduction and piano accompaniment by regular Borderlines draw, Paul Shallcross.
Nowhere Boy also plays at Ludlow Assembly Rooms along with the fine adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road. Other treats in store are Bright Star and In the Loop, showing at several village halls, while at The Three Tuns Bishops Castle Film Society screens Times and Winds, a remarkable film about life in a remote Turkish village.
As well as bringing a superlative selection of the best movies from around the world directly into the heart of communities in one of the most remote parts of the country Borderlines continues to showcase local film-making expertise.
Date Posted: 12th January 2010