Losing The Plot - S&S Film Retreat

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'LOSING THE PLOT' is Star & Shadow's first ever venture into nature, extending the communal experience of cinema to a whole weekend away together.  

It will be a very informal but stimulating few days with a whole bunch of films, reading material, discussions, big meals and walks (if you like).  


The 'Losing the Plot' weekend film retreat is all about playing with the idea of cinema as a collective experience.  What makes going to the pictures special is being in a room with lots of other people.  The idea behind our project is to extend this communal experience from 90 minutes in the dark to a whole weekend away together in the wilderness.  The content of the weekend revolves around contemporary specialised film - documentaries, narrative films and experimental films that people keen on cinema, particularly those who live rurally, would find hard to see on the big screen.  
The weekend is structured around morning, afternoon and evening screenings, with opportunities for reading, walking and eating together in the wild beauty of the north pennines.  'Losing the Plot' is a tongue in cheek way of approaching films that deviate from the norms of fast-paced, plot-driven blockbusters churned out by Hollywood.  This retreat creates space for reflecting on current trends in contemporary cinema looking at films from around the world that play around with the language of film. We are finalising the film programme at the moment, but we can already tell you that it will include some of the most exciting artist films made in the last few years…

PROGRAMME

FRI 13 JUNE
4pm: coach leaving from S&S
5.30pm: coach arrival at Burnlaw & make camp
6pm: dinner
7pm: Stories We Tell (2012, dir. Sarah Polley, Canada, documentary)
10pm: LIVE 16MM DUAL PROJECTOR PERFORMANCE FROM RICHARD TUOHY
SAT 14 JUNE
sat: 9am breakfast
10am: reading + discussion
11am: SCREENING TBC
1pm: lunch
2pm: The Turin Horse (2011, dir. Bela Tarr, Hungary)
4pm: walk
6pm: dinner
8pm: Exhibition (2013, dir. Joanna Hogg, UK)
10pm: OUTDOOR SCREENING & FIRE
SUN 15 JUNE
9am: breakfast
10am: reading + discussion
11am: Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013, dir. Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
1pm: lunch
2pm: A Spell To Ward Off the Darkness (2013, dir. Ben Russell & Ben Rivers, UK)
4.30pm: coach leaves
6pm: coach arrives at the Star & Shadow Cinema

WHERE & HOW TO GET THERE…

This weekend is a collaboration with Burnlaw Centre, a volunteer run organisation based in the alternative community of Burnlaw, west Northumberland.  Burnlaw Centre comprises of a big, warm room perfect for screening films, above bunbed accommodation and a large kitchen.  Next to the centre is a camping field, with bunkhouse shower and toilet facilities, and even a compost toilet.http://www.burnlaw.org/

Weekend pass holders can get a free bus there and back: Pick up will be at the Star & Shadow Cinema at 4pm on Friday 13 June and the bus will return on Sunday 15th, arriving at 6pm at the Star & Shadow. Alternatively you can get to Burnlaw by car (post code NE47 8HF).  It is about 20mins from Hexham, the nearest train station.


TICKET PRICES:

Weekend Pass: inclusive of transport, meals, accommodation, reading material and films:

£35 - Bunkbed accommodation (only 14 bunk beds available!)£20 - Camping (per person, not per tent, and you need to bring all your own camping equipment)

Single Screenings £5 per film.

Pre-booking essential - HERE IS THE LINK:

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/272526

QUESTIONS?

Any questions please email info@starandshadow.org.uk

Thanks to Film Hub North and the BFI Film Audience Network for supporting this project.Special thanks to Queens Hall Arts, Hexham for the loan of their av equipment.

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