A Hansel of Film
Films for our projectionists at Watershed usually turn up in the post or by carrier, but last night saw a more unconventional arrival as a gang of teddy bears from Wotton-under-Edge handed over the material for the final screening in our season of RELAYS films, talks and events. They were accompanied by the Hansel of Film team from Shetland Arts, which included a long-term friend of Watershed’s, Mark Kermode.
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad show began in the Shetlands in June and has been as far as Southampton and Cornwall - Watershed was their 14th stop – they still have 10 more venues including Belfast and Edinburgh. The format is to show 30 minutes of film from the Shetlands, 30 minutes from the previous venue (in this case from Wotton-under-Edge) and 30 minutes from the host venue.
Films have been submitted from all over the country by a wide range of people – young and older, groups and individuals, amateur and professional and each venue appoints a runner to take (in an ‘imaginative’ manner!) the Shetland films and those from their own area on to the next location. The bears did a reasonable job, and our films are heading off today for the next cinema on the relay route, Prestatyn, courtesy of a very small man on a bicycle – a clockwork man – hope he gets there on time!
He had featured in Bearded Gnomes‘ prize-winning film Wind which had won the 0117 Encounters Film Challenge in May, an event supported by RELAYS. The final part of last night’s screening was 30 minutes-worth of films from the 0117 Challenge, including, of course, Wind.
We hope Prestatyn enjoys the varied and entertaining show as much as our audience seemed to – rounded off nicely by a small reception courtesy of Shetland Arts, see photographs of the evening in the Gallery.
This entry was posted on Wed 1st Aug, 2012.