Borderlines Film Festival introduces new B2 Festival to Hereford City
This autumn, Borderlines Film Festival launches a brand-new film festival skewed towards younger audiences. The B2 Film Festival will run from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 October at six venues across Hereford City.
Blending art forms and blurring formats, B2 offers a multisensory cinema experience that is fresh, interactive, appealing and accessible. It will take film out of the cinema auditorium and put it into unexpected places.
The Atrium of Maylord Shopping Centre will be the setting for a screening of the 2004 remake of the George A Romero classic Dawn of the Dead, set in a shopping mall where the citizens of a town have gathered for protection from a horde of flesh-eating zombies. In the hands of the ever-inventive MASH Cinema, the event is guaranteed to include elements that will ramp up the blood-curdling.
A triple bill of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s popular Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) stretches late into Friday night at the Left Bank, while there’s more cult musical comedy at the venue on Saturday 20 with John Waters’ Cry-Baby, starring a young, kiss-curled rebel Johnny Depp, playing alongside the 2007 remake of Hairspray with an unforgettable performance by John Travolta.
In another MASH cinema presentation, this time at Hereford College of Arts, the recently released documentary Kusama – Infinity follows the riveting rise of this Japanese artist – dubbed the Queen of Polka Dots – from humble beginnings to rivalling Andy Warhol to top-selling female artist in the world.
Over two afternoons, also at the College, you can catch repeat showings on the hour of Rachel Maclean’s Feed Me, a candy-coloured take on the Seven Deadly Sins. Enter a dark world in which all the characters are played by Rachel herself, where children are made precocious and adults are infantilised.
Script-writing and branding workshops, led by experts in the field, are on offer at Hereford College of Arts on Thursday and Friday, while submissions are invited from 18-25-year-olds for a night of ‘film’ themed short films, music, spoken word and photography at the Left Bank hosted by SHYPP (Supported Housing for Young People Project). Entries should be sent to Kie Shypp on Facebook or email@example.com by October 12.
The B2 Film Festival Hub will be at The Kiosk, Old Market from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 where you can drop in, each afternoon from 1 to 5pm, to watch an amazing array of short films and animations from Rural Media, Flatpack Festival and Catcher Media, among others, for free.
Music is wall 2 wall throughout B2. MASH Cinema present new release The Man from Mo’Wax about legendary underground DJ, music producer and global trip hop mogul James Lavelle, followed by a DJ set by Rich Thair of Red Snapper at the Powell Theatre in Church Street.
Lap up reggae from King Solomon Soundsystem, experimental, classical and electronic sounds from Swansea Laptop Orchestra, folk, blues and acoustic rock from Immy & the Boatman. They make up the Clik Clik Finale hosted by Worcestershire’s Clik Clik Collective, closing down B2 on the Sunday evening.
Tickets for B2 films and events can be purchased online at borderlinesfilmfestival.org.
They are also available via the Box Office at The Courtyard Hereford, in person or by phone on 01432 340555.
The main Borderlines Film Festival will take place, as usual, in the early spring at multiple venues in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Malvern and the Marches. Dates for 2019 are Friday 1 to 17 March.