As part of BRFF’s plan to move beyond the restrictions of a single annual festival, we have been working in conjunction with a number of venues and groups to plan a series of film-events that will take place throughout the month of September.
The anti-fracking protests going on in Balcombe have been subjected to the usual mainstream distortions. On September 2nd BRFF and Bristol Indymedia present Get the Frack Out of Somerset (25 mins) produced by independent film maker Marco Jackson in collaboration with local campaign coalition, Frack Free Somerset. The film looks at the potential impact of a controversial method of extracting gas called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and coal bed methane extraction in Somerset with the social, health and environmental consequences associated with these methods of unconventional energy resource extraction. With the majority of Somerset covered by licenses sold by the Government for drilling, it sets the scene for community resistance to defend local villages from becoming gasfields. This event takes place at The Cube Microplex.
Second, for those of you after some old-school revolutionary propaganda, an outdoor screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925, 75 mins) will be held on Bristol’s Christmas Steps on Thursday September 5th. This acclaimed film follows a selection of cinematic wonders bought to you by Geneva Stop, the artist-run facility for ciné filmmakers and enthusiasts based at the top of the Steps. The rarity of this event should be stressed, as the film will be screened with a live musical accompaniment. It is free, and everyone is welcome.
Finally (for now at least) we mark the 40th anniversary of the military coup that took place in Chile on 11th September 1973, heralding the installation of General Pinochet and the murder of over 30’000 people, with the backing of the U.S. and U.K. governments. For this event we have teamed up with ‘Chile 40 Years On’, a network of exiled Chileans coordinating commemorative events across the UK in association with the UK Chilean Solidarity Campaign.
We will be introducing a (very) rare screening of La Spirale (1974) a documentary written by Chris Marker and directed by Armand Mattelart, Jacqueline Meppiel and Valerie Mayoux. This event will take place on Wednesday 11th September at the Arc Bar, Bristol.
As usual you can check the Bristol Radical Film Festival website for more details on these events, and to stay in the loop regarding further events.