UK premiere kicks off Berwick Film and Media Festival

BERWICK Film and Media Art Festival kicks off at 8pm tomorrow night (Friday) with the UK premiere of Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, a satirical farce starring comedian Martin Short as an earnest but clueless movie-obsessed interviewer from Montana who gets out of his depth at the Toronto Film Festival, finding himself embroiled in a murder investigation.

The film, which includes a host of star cameos, is directed by Vadim Jean (Leon the Pig Farmer, One More Kiss) who will make a personal appearance at the screening.

Jean's previous feature, the Berwick-set One More Kiss, is also showing at The Maltings at 4pm on Saturday and has been chosen to tour the area as part of the new mobile cinema project based in North Sunderland.

It will be shown on Wednesday, September 21, at the Seafield Restaurant, Seafield Road, Seahouses; Thursday 22 at Coldingham Village Hall and Friday 23 at The Cheviot Centre, Wooler. All showings start at 7.30pm and are free.

Further highlights of the first week of the festival include two UK premieres, of Austrian deportation comedy Welcome Home on Saturday 17 at 9pm and Slovenian film Suburbs on Friday 23; and several films in the train-based retrospective season including a new print of Buster Keaton's masterpiece, The General and a double bill of classic British cinema: Ken Annakin's Across The Bridge and Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes.

There are also two sessions presenting highlights from the film collection of the Rev John Jackson of Coldstream.

This extraordinary family archive dates back to 1928 with films made by Rev Jackson's father, who was one of the first people in Edinburgh to own a cine camera and projector.

The collection includes rare footage of 1920s and '30s Edinburgh and Glasgow, vintage travel from the '40s and '50s and more recent films documenting the architecture and heritage of Berwick.

They will be screened in the Guildhall on Tuesday 20 and Thursday 22, and Rev Jackson will be present himself to project and provide commentary over the films.

The festival catalogue, giving full details of the programme, including the various arts installations around the town, is available in The Maltings, Bridge Street Book Shop, Berwick Tourist Information Centre and Robertson's in West Street