Galas

BFMAF 2017's prime-time features including the Festival's opening and closing films and special screenings presented with the Berwick Film Society and Berwick Bandits.

Feature film 20th Sep · 20:00 (68 mins)

Opening Gala: Battleship Potempkin

Sergei Eisenstein

Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin is a landmark of cinema. BFMAF presents a hypnotic new restoration accompanied by Edmund Meisel's flamboyant full orchestral 1926 score. The film dramatises a mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers. 

Battleship Potemkin launches the Festival, and its thematic programme Ultramarine: The Sea as Political Space which will be introduced by Ilona Jurkonytė, Artistic Director of Kaunas International Film Festival, Lithuania.

If you only ever see one silent film, this is the one it should be. A masterpiece.
Empire Magazine

Feature film 21st Sep · 19:00 (113 mins)

Ama-San

Cláudia Varejão

In Wagu, a fishing village on the Ise Peninsula, Matsumi, Mayumi and Masumi dive everyday not knowing what they'll find. Underwater, their delicate bodies turn into those of sea hunters. The Ama-San have been diving like this for over 2000 years. There's both extraordinary strength and glowing merriment at the heart of Ama-San. The film's gentle style and gorgeous cinematography describes a community of women—the oldest of whom is pushing into her 80s—with much singing, conversation and riotous laughter. 

Feature film 22nd Sep · 20:00 (87 mins)

Man Follows Birds

Ali Khamraev

A medieval pageant of boyhood presented with a visual majesty to rival Khamraev's contemporaries Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Parajanov. Man Follows Birds is a mystic vision, an 'eastern western' that exhibits Khamraev's instinctive feel for landscape and the natural world.

Presented with the Berwick Film Society.

Short Films 23rd Sep · 20:00 (103 mins)

Sound & Vision: No Brakes, No Gears, No Fear ‌with Margaret Salmon

A speedway film night, including the world premiere screening of Mm, a BFMAF and Northern Film & Media commission by Margaret Salmon.

Shot with the Berwick Bandits, Berwick-upon-Tweed’s own speedway heroes, 'Mm' commemorates their 50th season with an imaginative take on the thrilling world of this popular motorcycle sport.

Mm includes a soundtrack by Sacred Paws, 2017 Scottish Album of the Year award winners.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Margaret Salmon and Once a Jolly Swagman the 1948 film featuring Dirk Bogarde and Bill Owen at the very height of Speedway's popularity.


Northern Film + Media will be organising a free festival bus on the 23rd September from Newcastle to Berwick for festival pass holders & Mm event ticket holders. For more information and to register your bus place please email roxy@northernmedia.org by the 15th September. The bus will leave at 11am from BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and return at 11pm.

Supported by Northern Film & Media, Arts Council England, ERDF and Simpsons Malt.