For those of you in Jersey during the last few days, you may be forgiven for believing that the island had been overrun by Cannes, Sundance or Venice.
However, this weekend was the weekend of the Branchage Film Festival 2011, a homespun affair that showcases stimulating, interesting, funny, sad, insightful and exciting films, live soundtracks, events and parties; all cocooned in the most interesting venues that the festival’s Jersey-born cast and crew can muster.
Locals and visitors were treated to ‘Of Gods and Men’ in the island’s largest church, a Channel Island surf documentary in a surfboard factory, secret venues for European fiction films and a local record shop screened ‘Sound it Out’, a film documenting the last remaining record shop in Teeside.
Highlights of the weekend included the opening night and the closing night – both screened in Jersey’s historic Opera House.
The opening night produced a packed house, all riveted by the formula one documentary ‘Senna’, charting the incredible rise and untimely death of one of the greatest racing drivers in history. Festival-goers were treated to ‘The Great White Silence’ on Branchage’s closing night, a 100 year old documentary exhibiting Captain Scott’s ill-fated 1911 expedition to the South Pole, accompanied by a live soundtrack from Simon Fisher-Turner and the Elysian Quartet.
Described by The Guardian as “the nation’s most intrepid film festival”, Branchage has rolled out another successful weekend, a truly international festival that is true to its origins, set in the beautiful and interesting surroundings that Jersey has to offer.
Branchage Festival 2012 dates have not yet been confirmed – for those wanting to experience the fifth anniversary festival, we will have flight and hotel details available as soon as possible.