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Film & Music

FILM & MUSIC

The festival’s embryonic raison d’être. When Xanthe Hamilton first envisioned Branchage, film and music were to be the two foundation stones on which the festival’s incredible, diverse and exciting programming were to be built. Since then the festival has established a peerless reputation in both fields, creating events that have pushed the boundaries of what concert, festival or film-goers can expect - namely real, life-affirming experiences through the arts.


A NIGHT AT THE CINEMA IN 1914
+ Live piano accompaniment by James Lingard

(1914, UK/US, 85 mins, U)

Step back precisely 100 years with Branchage with this treasure trove of screen gems recently restored by the BFI National Archive. Cinema a century ago was a new, exciting and highly democratic form of entertainment.  Picture houses nationwide offered a sociable, lively environment in which to relax and escape from the daily grind. With feature films still rare, the programme was an entertaining, ever-changing roster of short items with live musical accompaniment. One hundred years on, this special compilation recreates the glorious miscellany of comedies, dramas, travelogues and newsreels which would have constituted a typical night out in 1914, including a comic short about a face-pulling competition, a sensational episode of The Perils of Pauline, scenes of Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front, and an early sighting of one of cinema’s greatest icons. Live musical accompaniment is provided by super talented Jersey pianist James Lingard.

JAMES LINGARD - Manchester-born and Jersey-based James Lingard is one of the island’s most naturally gifted young musical talents, and we’re delighted to drag him away from his ALBERT dreampop project (inspired by the likes of Bjork and Jonsi) to perform a more traditional piano accompaniment to A NIGHT AT THE CINEMA IN 1914. After wowing audiences at the Opera House with a stunning performance at Jersey Arts Trust’s Original Works Concert, heads are a-turned locally. Turn yours his way on Friday night at Branchage.

Supporting Short: TOGO,  Sue du Feu, 14 min
While the Second World War raged on the French mainland a small group of strategically placed British islands close to the French coast awaited their fate, and families had to make unenviable decisions in a short space of time.

St Aubin's Methodist Church, St Aubin
Friday 26th September 7.30pm - 9.30pm


 A ONE EYED MAN IN THE KINGDOM OF THE BLIND + Q&A WITH ROBERT GREENE

(2013, dir. Robert Rubbish, UK, 80 mins, 15)

A ONE EYED MAN IN THE KINGDOM OF THE BLIND is the debut feature from London-based and Jersey-born artist and filmmaker Rob Greene, aka Robert Rubbish. Lias Saoudi (better known as vocalist for garage rockers Fat White Family) stars as Cormac O'Connell. The Soho detective is hired by a widow to track down an enigmatic one-eyed man on the island of Jersey, and so begins a whiskey-soaked psycho-geographical journey to the mean streets of St Helier, St Brelade and beyond…

Supporting Short: HOWARD MARKS & THE LANCE OF DESTINY, Kal Bonner, 18 min Howard Marks, the world’s leading authority on The Lance of Destiny, reveals the little known truth behind the legend to an eager investigator. Armed with the facts, and a map, the two men fearlessly meander to the last known resting place of The Lance: A field in a place known as Trinity.

St Brelade's Parish Hall, St Aubin
Friday 26th September 4.45pm - 7pm


AMERICAN INTERIOR

(2014, dirs. Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys, UK, 92 mins, U)

Following their cinematic collaboraton on 2010’s SEPERADO!, Super Furry Animals frontman teams up with Dylan Goch to document a musical odyssey across the USA, as Gruff attempts to retrace the footsteps of a mysterious ancestor, the 18th century explorer John Evans.

Evans set off in 1792 in search of a mythical Welsh-speaking tribe, inadvertently altering the course of American history forever. Gruff gigs his way across the USA following in Evans’ path on a factfinding mission armed with only a guitar, powerpoint slideshow and a felt puppet of his long-lost ancestor. Accompanied by a record and an app, AMERICAN INTERIOR is one of the strangest, funniest and most unclassifiable documentaries you’ll see this year.

Supporting Short: TONY CHRISTIE NASHVILLE, David Innes-Edwards, 11 min
Tony Christie's 70th birthday is coming up, an age when most people would be enjoying a well earned retirement. But here he is in Nashville recording a new album and about to embark on a world tour.

St Aubin-on-the-Hill Church, St Aubin
Saturday 27th September 2.15pm - 4.30pm


BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO + Q&A WITH RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP

(2012, dir. Peter Strickland, UK, 92 mins, 15)

It's 1976 and Gilderoy (Toby Jones, FROST/NIXON, CAPTAIN AMERICA), an introverted sound engineer of a very sensitive disposition from Dorking, specialising in local nature documentaries, goes to Italy to work on the horror film ‘The Equestrian Vortex’ by exploitation maestro Giancarlo Santini. Only the cheapest, nastiest and most abhorred films pass through the run-down Berberian Sound Studio doors though and in this crazy, dodgy and alien environment Gilderoy composes bloodcurdling sounds from hacked vegetables, works out how to create chainsaw effects and mixes screams. But soon life begins to imitate art as both time and realities begin to shift – and Gilderoy finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of on screen witchcraft, off-screen sexual intrigue and sonic and personal mayhem. From Strickland comes an evocative celebration and delicious deconstruction of the Italian horror genre, full of sly references and a brilliant soundtrack by Broadcast.

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO is followed by a Q&A with the musicians of Radiophonic Workshop, who will be talking about their real life careers in the marginally less sinister world of foley art.

Supporting Short: THE DEVIL IN THE ROOM, Carla MacKinnon, 7 min
A strange phenomenon called sleep paralysis; waking up unable to move, deeply afraid and convinced there is someone or something in the room with you.

St Brelade's Parish Hall, St Aubin
Saturday 27th September 11am - 1.45pm


Curator Pick:  Radiophonic Workshop


BEYOND CLUELESS

+ Charlie Lyne & Catherine Bray Q&A

(2014, dir. Charlie Lyne, UK, 89 mins, 15)

Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk, BEYOND CLUELESS is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics, from THE CRAFT to RUSHMORE. The documentary was written and directed by Charlie Lyne with a gorgeous original score by British indie band Summer Camp, and had its world premiere at SXSW in March 2014 to rave reviews, described variously as “a PhD on the history of high school cinema” (by Tracy Emin),  “Irresitible” by Little White Lies and “as light and enjoyable as any teen movie."

We’ll be joined on the evening by director Charlie Lyne and producer Catherine Bray, for a very special Q&A. If you’ve ever had a burning question about your favourite teen movie, the chances are Charlie and Catherine will have an answer!

Supporting Short: IN THE AIR IS CHRISTOPHER GRAY, Felix Massie, 9 min
Christopher Gray is in love with Stacey Stephens and no amount of lemonade can cool his desire. Meanwhile, Barry Flint has just bought his son a five foot Ball Python from the pet store.

St Brelade's Parish Hall, St Aubin
Friday 26th September 7.30pm – 9.45pm St Brelade’s Parish Hall

Jersey Museum Cinema, St Helier
Saturday 27th September 3pm – 5pm (without Q&A)


BLACK ORPHEUS

(1959, dir. Marcel Camus, Brazil/France, 100 mins, PG)

Making a huge impact on its release, Marcel Camus’ Oscar, Golden Globe and Palme D’Or winning film retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the exuberant backdrop of the Rio carnival. The infectious soundtrack by Antonio Carlo Jobim and Luiz Bonfá is credited with bringing the bossa nova sound to a worldwide audience and brings to the film – described as ‘Glorious’ by Channel 4.com and ‘Inspired’ by The Guardian – a vibrancy and drama to match the rich on screen imagery. BLACK ORPHEUS remains as fresh and intoxicating today as it was when it thrilled audiences at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.

Supporting Short: GETTING ON, Ewan Stewart, 9 min
Another mundane day unfolds in a woman's life. Late in the afternoon, she has an unusual visitor. (winner of the 2014 Best UK Short at the London Short Film Festival.)

Jersey Museum Cinema, St Helier
Saturday 27th September 11.30am – 1.45pm

Curator Pick:  agnès b. 


BLUE HAWAII

(1961, dir. Norman Taurog, US, 101 mins, PG)

Branchage teams up with Bestival to present a beachside double bill of ‘Desert Island Flicks’ in a wooden cabin tucked away off the Five Mile Road. In BLUE HAWAII, the King of Rock n’ Roll Elvis Presley sings "Blue Hawaii", "Rock-A-Hula-Baby", "Hawaiian Wedding Song", "Can't Help Falling in Love" and more! The year was 1961... Fallout shelters dot suburban backyards. Ken joins Barbie. Roger Maris slugs 61 home runs. And Elvis is in paradise, playing an ex-G.I. who comes home to Blue Hawaii. His mother (Angela Lansbury) expects him to climb the corporate ladder. But Elvis would rather wear an aloha shirt than a white collar, so he goes to work as a tour guide. Lucky Elvis: his first customers are a carful of cuties.
Elvis Presley, lovely scenery, lovelier girls and rock-a-hula songs - now that's paradise!

Supporting Short: BOB BY OLIVER SMITH, Oliver Smith, 2 min
38 fake Hollywood film titles to the tune of "Bob", a song by 'Weird Al' Yankovic.

Frances Le Sueur Centre, St Ouen
Sunday 28th September 4.30pm - 6.30pm

In partnership with Bestival ‘Desert Islands Flicks’


CHANNEL ISLAND SHORT FILM PROGRAMME

Branchage grew from a local short film competition held on Jersey in 2007, and over the following four years of the festival, it’s been important to showcase local filmmaking talent within our programme. After a two year hiatus, it was decided that for the 2014 Festival, we would create a showcase screening of Channel Island filmmakers, either those still locally based or those who have settled elsewhere. 51 films in total were received, and were all viewed by a team of industry professionals from the British Council, Film Four, Vimeo, Shooting People and the London Short Film Festival, to select the thirteen titles screening at this event. The final selection is a strong cross-section of the emerging filmmaking talent in the Channel Islands themselves, and those that have settled elsewhere but continue to produce work.

Following the screening, there will be a panel and networking session (see Industry & Education)

Films screening (please note: listed below in alphabetical order):
Beach Potato (Jamie Sims, 3 min)
Changing Light of Seasons (Sam Heinrichs, 9 min)
Ciara (Katherine James, 7 min)
Deadbeat (Todd MacDonald, 3 min)
Do You See Me? (Frankie Stammers, 2 min)
Family Portrait (Jack de la Mare, 13 min)
Firedive (Tim Bowditch, 13 min)
Little Jersey (Max Burnett, 3 min)
Never Gladly Beyond (Jessica Perchard, 19 min)
Pretty Bitch (Rebecca Coley, 8 min)
Six Feet Under (Dominic Roberts, 3 min)        
Sleepfighter (Bjorn Tobiasson, 2 min)
Terribilità - Official Trailer (Ian Godden, 7 min)
What Would Dali Do? (George Dupays, 9 min)

Total: 101 min
The Spiegeltent, Coronation Park, St Lawrence Friday 26th September 2.15pm - 5pm


CRITIC'S CHOICE

A new addition to Branchage this year is a series of 'Critic's Choice' movies. The programme sees four of the country’s leading film critics select their favourite films of 2014, to be screened at Cineworld, St Brelade Parish Hall and Jersey Museum Cinema during the festival this September...


Critic's Choice: CALVARY

(2014, dir. John Michael McDonagh, UK/Ireland, 101 mins, 12A)

Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (THE GUARD, NED KELLY), CALVARY stars Brendan Gleeson (HARRY POTTER, 28 DAYS LATER) as Father James, as well as a host of acclaimed and well known Irish actors including Chris O'Dowd, Dylan Moran an Domhall Gleeson.

Calvary’s Father James is the flipside to The Guard’s Sergeant Gerry Boyle (also portrayed by Brendan Gleeson). A good man intent on making the world a better place, Father James is continually shocked and saddened by the spiteful and confrontational inhabitants of his small country parish in Ireland. After being threatened during confession, he must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Described variously in the press as 'a masterpiece', 'a knockout', 'gripping, moving, funny and troubling', McDonagh's latest dark comedy is a film critics' favourite, so it's little surprise that it's made its way into the Critics' Choice strand, courtesy of Time Out's Tom Huddleston.

Supporting Short: THE PHONE CALL, Matt Kirkby, 19 min
Heather [Sally Phillips] works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man [Jim Broadbent], she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

Cineworld, St Helier
Saturday 27th September 8.50pm – 11pm

Jersey Museum Cinema, St Helier (French subtitles)

Sunday 28th September 2.20pm – 4.30pm 

Selected by Tom Huddleston, Time Out


Critic's Choice: FRANK

(2014, dir. Lenny Abrahamson, UK/Ireland, 95 mins, 15)

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson - TRUE GRIT, HARRY POTTER), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender - 12 YEARS A SLAVE, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal -THE DARK KNIGHT, DONNIE DARKO).

Written by Jon Ronson (THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS) and Peter Straughan (TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS), FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

Supporting Short: KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES, Michael Pearce, 28 min
MP's wife Celia (Maxine Peake) discovers her husband's true colours when she is taken hostage by his criminal business associates (incl. Four Lions’ Adeel Akhtar).

Cineworld, St Helier
Saturday 27th September 3pm - 5.20pm

Selected by Ian Haydn Smith, Curzon Magazine


Critic's Choice: UNDER THE SKIN

(2014, dir. Jonathan Glazer, UK, 108 mins, 15)

“We may finally have an heir to Kubrick” - LA Reporter

“Visually stunning” - The Guardian

A masterpiece ten years in the making, UNDER THE SKIN brings Michel Faber’s acclaimed novel to life in the most visually and aurally audacious piece of cinema of 2014. Director Jonathan Glazer’s (SEXY BEAST) sci-fi horror story/kitchen sink drama tells the story of an alien creature (Scarlett Johansson) who stalks down human prey in a brilliant amalgam of fantasy and reality. The femme fatale prowls the backstreets of Glasgow and local highways in a non-descript van, luring them into an unimaginable void. Through alien eyes, the world appears desolate, the men all hungry and wanting. Through human eyes, her insatiable drive feels strangely vindicated.

Filmed on location in Scotland, where not all the male victims were knowing participants, the filmmaking recalls the realism of Ken Loach as much as the surrealism of David Lynch. Vividly heightened by Mica Levi’s (of Micachu and the Shapes) discordant string and synth score – for Branchage’s money, one of the most powerful and original film scores of recent years – Glazer has created an entirely distinctive film, both creepy and luminous in its metaphysical precision.

Supporting Short: FROM TOMORROW, Julian Hand, 7 min
An abstract music video for The Oscillation drawing on archive footage with a creepy sci-fi feel.

Cineworld, St Helier
Friday 26th September 6.30pm – 8.45pm

Jersey Museum Cinema, St Helier
Saturday 27th September 5.50pm – 8pm

Selected by Andrew Collins,  Radio Times Film Editor


Critic's Choice: WE ARE THE BEST!

(2013, dir. Lukas Moodysson, Sweden, 102 mins, 15)

From Swedish master Lukas Moodysson (TOGETHER), WE ARE THE BEST! revolves around three teenage girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the power of rebellion, and is one of the most true-to-life depictions of the joys and anxieties of teen life committed to screen in recent years. Joyous, riotous, funny and moving in equal measure, it's highly unlikely you'll get to the end of the screening without wanting to hug every single person on the screen.

Supporting Short: NO KADISH IN CAMARTHEN. Jesse Armstrong, 13 min
Gwyn is confused. Who is he, how should he act? He’s 15 and neither of these things are clear. Directed and written by Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, Fresh Meat, Four Lions, In The Loop)

St Brelade's Parish Hall
Sunday 28th September 1.30pm - 3.40pm

Selected by Colm McAuliffe, Sight & Sound


ELEKTRO MOSKVA + Q&A WITH RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP & PHIL HARTNOLL (ORBITAL)

(2013, dirs. Dominik Spritzendorfer, Elena Tikhonova, Russia, 89 mins)

Elektro Moskva is a brand new doc studying the Soviet electronic age and its legacy. The story begins with the inventor of the world's first electronic instrument, Leon Theremin, unveiling the KGB's huge pile of fascinating devices, some of which were musical. They all came into existence as a by-product of a rampant defense industry. Nowadays, those aged and abandoned 'musical coffins', as solidly made as a Kalashnikov, are being recycled and reinterpreted by the post-Soviet generations of musicians, sound collectors and circuit benders. The story of the Soviet synthesizers as an allegory to the everyday life under the Soviet system: nothing works, but you have to make the best out of it. An electronic fairytale about the inventive spirit of the free mind inside the iron curtain and beyond.
ELEKTRO MOSKVA is introduced by arguably the most influential electronic musicians the British Isles have ever produced, Radiophonic Workshop.

Supporting Short: ELECTROPIA, Noriko Okaku, 5 min
This animated music video for Joyz won Best Music Video at Ottawa Animation Festival; an exploding sequence of colour and illustrations.

St Aubin on-the-Hill Church, St Aubin
Thursday 25th September 7pm - 9.15pm

Curator Pick:  Radiophonic Workshop
Sponsored by: Mourant Ozannes


THE ENDLESS SUMMER

(1966, dir. Bruce Brown, US, 95 mins, U)

“Visually fascinating.” - New York Times

“A dazzling ode to the sun, sand and surf.” - Time Magazine

Branchage teams up with Bestival to present a beachside double bill of ‘Desert Island Flicks’ in a wooden cabin tucked away off the Five Mile Road. They call it THE ENDLESS SUMMER - the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, these California surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime... they live their dream.

Director Bruce Brown creates a film so powerful it has become a timeless masterpiece that continues to capture the imagination of every new generation. When it first played in theatres, audiences lined up to see it again and again, spellbound by its thrilling excitement and awesome photography. But in fact, what's most compelling about the film is the sport of surfing itself, and once you've seen it, you'll never forget why.

Frances Le Sueur Centre, St Ouen
Saturday 27th September 1pm - 3pm

In partnership with Bestival ‘Desert Island Flicks’


ERNEST & CELESTINE

(2013, dirs. Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner, Belgium, 80 mins, U)

From the creators of former Branchage favourite THE SECRET OF KELLS comes the visually stunning and enormously entertaining 2014 Oscar nominee (Best Animated Feature) ERNEST & CELESTINE.

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.

Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton and Bugs Bunny!

Supporting Short: FORGET ME NOT, Kim Noce, 3 min
A little fairytale of a child and her imaginary friends, recalled by an old woman drifting into bygone memories.

Cineworld, St Helier
Saturday 27th September 11.15am - 1pm


FAKE IT SO REAL

(2012, dir. Robert Greene, US, 95 mins, 15)

FAKE IT SO REAL dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling. Filmed over a single week leading up to a big show, the film follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina, exploring what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. Gabriel is the rookie trying make it to the big time and be a part of this family of tough guys. Jeff is the leader who may miss his first show in ten years, due to an unexpected and debilitating injury. J-Prep, Zane, Pitt, Solar and the rest of the crew each face obstacles on their way to the big show. They aren’t paid for their passion, but they treat wrestling like any artist treats his work. This is a film about doing something real. Followed by a wrestling show from CI Wrestling, the Channel Islands first wrestling organisation, and afterparty, this is a must-see for fans of thrills, spills and bodyslams.

Supporting Short: POUTERS, Paul Fegan, 17 min
A modern day story of undying commitment, rivalry, family and friendship interwoven by an underground and idiosyncratic Scottish sport: Doo Fleein.

Frances Le Sueur Centre
Saturday 27th September 4pm – 6pm

St Brelade’s Parish Hall
Sunday 28th September 5pm – 7pm 

In partnership with True/False Film Festival

Followed by CI Wrestling Branchage Slam + Afterparty at The Watersplash, St Ouen's Bay


HAPPINESS

(2014, dir. Thomas Balmes, Finland/France/Bhutan, 80 mins, U)

In one of the most stunning documentaries of the year, director Thomas Balmes transports us to Bhutan, one of the least developed countries in the world, and one that we see through the eyes of eight year-old monk Peyangki. A decade after King Jigme Singye Wangchuk announces that television and the internet are coming to Bhutan, Peyangki’s village, the last village in the tiny country to be hooked up, eagerly await the day that electricity comes to their doorstep. “Do you expect TV to make you happy?” asks the Lama of the last five monks at Peyangki’s monastery. The answer is a resounding “Yes.” The gorgeous shots of the scenery speak more than the people in this film, in which Thomas Balmès shows his tradition of being a silent witness to cultural developments around the world.

Supporting Short: SHOOTING THE TRIBE, Gemma Atkinson / Fred Grace, 10 min
In 1989, the Kogi tribe of Colombia, opened their doors to a BBC documentary film crew. 25 years later, we go back into the jungle of the Sierra Nevada.

St Aubin-on-the-Hill Church, St Aubin
Friday 26th September 6 – 7.45pm 

Jersey Museum Cinema, St Helier
Sunday 28th September 5pm – 6.45pm


Sponsored by: Carey Olsen


HAXAN + SEMU CÀ LIVE SCORE

(1922, dir. Benjamin Christensen, Sweden, 104 mins, 15)

A deliriously imaginative masterpiece, 1922, Benjamin Christensen's 1922 exploration of the role of superstition in medieval minds has caused outrage and intrigue in equal measure. Dramatizing satanic activities and rituals, witchcraft and witch hunts, the film was re-released in 1941 earning the director belated fame and respect, proof that this genre-defying documentary was far ahead of its time. In 1968 the film won further praise and a whole new audience when it was re-released with a William Burroughs narration, under the title 'Witchcraft through the Ages'. HAXAN gets a 21st Century makeover in a remote woodland cabin, performed by Jersey post-rock duo Semu Ca.

SEMU CÀ - Semu Cà are Stefan Riccio and Dominic Pallot. Both from the island of Jersey they have been stalwarts of the island music scene for a number of years, with Stefan having perfomed in bands including The Gaa Gaas, How to Tell Yourself from a Television and most recently Schilacci. Meanwhile Dominic has performed with local favourites Wizard & the Frog and as a duo with his brother in Brobots, who have received airplay on BBC 6 Music and on Radio One as Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing Pick of the Week. Semu Ca explore loop-based music that facilitates timbre to create soundscapes using loop stations, bass, guitar, trombone and a modified Casio VL-tone. They also use a variety of other instruments when recording including zither, mandolin, Indian drone box and anything else they can get their hands on. Branchage, naturally, salutes them.

semuca.co.uk

Frances Le Sueur Centre, St Ouen
Friday 26th September 7.30pm - 9.30pm & Saturday 27th September 8pm - 10pm

Curator Pick:  agnès b. 


OPENING NIGHT GALA:

HOW WE USED TO LIVE + SAINT ETIENNE LIVE SCORE

(2014, dir. Paul Kelly, UK, 71 mins, PG)

HOW WE USED TO LIVE is a unique celebration of post-war London by acclaimed director Paul Kelly, created through a compelling use of rare footage drawn from the BFI National Archive and original music by Saint Etienne, with a spellbinding narration by Ian McShane. Using only colour footage from 1950 -1980, HOW WE USED TO LIVE sheds light on the early days of the welfare state right up to the opening years of Margaret Thatcher's reign. 

We will be joined on the evening by Saint Etienne, who will be performing the brand new original soundtrack to the film. Since the release of their debut album Foxbase Alpha in 1991, Saint Etienne have established themselves as one of the most charming and unique bands around - a love of everything from electronica to the Beach Boys, always filtered through the classic English pop tradition have long marked them out as artists with a truly original voice. Their soundtrack to HOW WE USED TO LIVE has been lauded and loved in equal measure, making for the perfect opening to Branchage Festival 2014.

Supporting Short: TRILOGY, Carlo Zen, 11 min
A collaboration between editor Carlo Zen and musician Chris Wackrow, with footage shot by Alfred Le Monnier in the mid-1970s in Jersey.

The Opening Night Gala screening will be followed by an after party in the Opera House Upper Bar & Studio, with Saint Etienne and friends DJing until 1am.

Jersey Opera House, St Helier
Opening Night Gala: Wednesday 24th September 7pm - 10pm
Jersey Museum Cinema, St Helier (without live score)

Sunday 28th September 12pm - 1.40pm

Sponsored by JTC Group


Michel Gondry & Noam Chomsky

Michel Gondry & Noam Chomsky

IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? + Q&A WITH PROF NOAM CHOMSKY

(2014, dir. Michel Gondry, France, 88 mins, U)

Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF A SPOTLESS MIND, BE KIND REWIND) merges the worlds of art and science by cleverly animating the innerworkings of Professor Noam Chomsky’s world-renowned mind. Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political commentator and activist, Chomsky is often referred to as the ‘father of modern linguistics’ and is rightly regarded as one of the planet’s greatest minds. Pushing beyond Chomsky’s acclaimed theories and opinons, Gondry gives insight into the man behind the legacy in IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? and we are beyond privileged to be joined by Professor Chomsky on the night for a live Q&A by live video feed direct from the USA.

Spiegeltent, Coronation Park, St Lawrence
Friday 26th September 6.30pm - 8.30pm

In partnership with JICAS


JEAN DE FLORETTE

(1986, dir. Claude Berri, France, 116 mins, PG)

Join us at the stunningly picturesque and tranquil Jersey Lavender Farm for an intimate screening of the modern masterpiece, the BAFTA-winning MANON DE SOURCES. One of the most commercially successful foreign language films of all time, Berri’s adaptation of Marcel Pagnol’s novel stars Gerard Depardieu as a city-bred peasant farmer who brings his family to a newly inherited farm with hopes of living an idyllic rural life. Little does he realise that his neighbouring farmer will stop at nothing to undermine him, intent on laying claim to a hidden water spring on Jean’s farm.

JEAN DE FLORETTE, along with its sequel MANON DE SOURCES (also shown at the Lavender Farm over the weekend) are quite simply two of the finest pieces of French cinema in modern times. And what better setting to see them in?

Jersey Lavender Farm, St Brelade
Saturday 27th September 12.30pm - 3pm


JE M’APPELLE HMMM…

(2013, dir. Agnes Trouble, France, 121 mins, 15)

Branchage guest curator and iconic fashion designer agnès b brings her film directorial debut to Jersey: an 11 year-old runaway, the oldest daughter of three. An absent mother, an abusive father, a grandmother too pure to imagine what is going on. A field trip, the girl disappears... she has found refuge in a truck; an initiatory journey, a chance meeting, new encounters; a wonderful and tragic road movie with a Scottish truck driver "when love just happens".

Supporting Short: SHADES OF LIVING, Aurora Fearnley, 10 min
Set in the Cumbrian countryside, a young boy is trying to help his parents deal with a loss which is slowly breaking down their lives.

Jersey Museum Cinema, St Helier
Friday 26th September 5pm - 7.30pm
 

Curator Pick:  agnès b. 


LA PLANÈTE SAUVAGE + STEALING SHEEP ACCOMPANIED BY DR DICK MILLS (RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP) LIVE SCORE
(dir. Renee Laloux, 1973, 72 mins, PG)

Branchage has been famed for its innovative live soundtrack commissions over the years - Japanese metallers Bo Ningen with CAT SOUP and Teeth of the Sea's unforgettable REAPER spring to mind - and 2014 is no different, with the premiere of a brand new collaborative performance, Liverpudlian trio Stealing Sheep teaming up with Dick Mills, founding member of the legendary Radiophonic Workshop, to deliver a live score to the psychedelic and wildly imaginative 1973 Cannes 'Special Grand Prize Winner' sci-fi animation LA PLANÈTE SAUVAGE. Inspired by the likes of John Carpenter, Moondog and Broadcast, lauded by the likes of The Guardian, The Independent and, well, anyone with a pair of ears, Stealing Sheep are one of the most innovative bands around, their blend of post-rock, folk and pop resulting in an ethereal sonic tapestry that will provide the perfect complement to the electronic tinkering of the man whose collective brought such soundtracks as the Doctor Who theme to the world. One of the most unmissable events of Branchage 2014.

St Aubins Methodist Church, St Aubin's Village
Sunday 28th September 4.30pm - 6pm


Curator Pick:  Radiophonic Workshop


LOST & FOUND: PETER SELLERS TRIPLE BILL + Q&A

(DEARTH OF A SALESMAN, 1957, dir. Leslie Arliss, UK, 30 mins, U; INSOMNIA IS GOOD FOR YOU, dir. Leslie Arliss, UK, 26 mins, U; COLD COMFORT, dir. James Hill, 30 mins, U)

We're delighted to be able to include in the programme a very special screening of two recently rediscovered cinematic gems from Peter Sellers - an early showcase of the incredible genius that later brought to life the likes of Inspector Clouseau and Dr Strangelove.

The 1957 films, DEARTH OF A SALESMAN and INSOMNIA IS GOOD FOR YOU, have been previously documented in Sellers’ work log by numerous biographers, but were thought to have been lost forever.  That was until building manager Robert Farrow was busy clearing out Park Lane Films, the now defunct production company responsible for the films, and stumbled across 21 film cans in a skip back in 1996. 

Farrow finally got around to dusting off the precious reels last year and upon watching them for the first time was certain he had stumbled across something very special. He swiftly contacted Paul Cotsgrove, organiser of the Southend Film Festival who, equally amazed by the findings, set about digitally restoring the precious footage, which was shared with the world for the first time in over fifty years this May. 

Both films were made at the very beginning of Sellers’ screening career, soon after rising to fame as part of the radio program THE GOON SHOW. Dearth of a Salesman is based around the character Hector Dimwittie, who sets himself the challenge of becoming Britain’s most successful salesman. Re-playing Hector in Insomnia Is Good For You, the character, fretting about a forthcoming meeting with his boss is unable to sleep. Both of these incredible finds will be screened at the event as well as COLD COMFORT, the third film in the Dimwittie trilogy, in an extremely rare big screen showing.

We will be joined at the screening by Robert Farrow and Paul Cotsgrove who discovered and restored the films, as well as members of Peter Sellers family for a Q&A after the screening.

Supporting Short: THE FUTILITY OF WAR, Sam Baron, 5 min
Two medieval knights turn up at the wrong field on the day of a Great Battle.

Spiegeltent, Coronation Park, St Lawrence
Sunday 28th September 1pm - 3.30pm

In partnership with Jersey Film Society


MANON DE SOURCES

(1986, dir. Claude Berri, France, 113 mins, PG)

The concluding sequel to JEAN DE FLORETTE (shown the previous day at Branchage), MANON DE SOURCES is shown at an intimate matinee screening in the stunningly picturesque and tranquil Jersey Lavender Farm. Following the events of the first film, Jean’s daughter Manon sets out to avenge her father and seek justice against the scheming farmers whose actions have shaped her destiny. A poetic, tragic examination of greed and deceit, MANON DE SOURCES is a heartbreaking story with a stunning performance by Emanuelle Beart as the titular Manon.

Jersey Lavender Farm, St Brelade
Sunday 28th September 12.30pm - 3pm
 


NEXT GOAL WINS!

(2014, dirs. Steve Jamison, Mike Brett, UK, 97 mins, 15)

Could NEXT GOAL WINS be the most uplifting documentary of the year? It’s worth a flutter. The film tells the inspiring story of the national football team of the tiny Pacific islands of American Samoa, who in 2001 suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst soccer team on the planet. A decade after that humiliating night, they remain rooted to the bottom of FIFA's World rankings, having scored only twice in seventeen years.

It would take a miracle-maker or a madman to turn the team's fortunes around - and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen the islanders somehow find both. As a loan appointment from the mighty U.S. Soccer Federation, with experience of playing alongside football greats like George Best and Johann Cruyff, Rongen is completely unprepared for what greets him on the island - in his own words it is "by far the lowest standard" of football he's ever seen. To complicate matters further the team's best player has been posted 6000 miles away by the US military. Can Rongen transform them into a winning team?

Supporting Short: RECOMMENDED WASHING POWDER Chloe White, 14 min
A short documentary portrait of Kaz at the Blackstock Road launderette during one day at work revealing a lively spark within the mundane domesticity.

St Brelade's Parish Hall, St Aubin
Thursday 25th September 7pm - 9pm


NIGHT WILL FALL

(2014, dir. Andre Singer, UK/USA/Israel, 75 mins, 15)

When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army and newsreel cameramen, revealing for the first time the full horror of what had happened. Making use of British, Soviet and American footage, the Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein (later founder of Granada Television) aimed to create a documentary that would provide lasting, undeniable evidence of the Nazis’ unspeakable crimes. He commissioned a wealth of British talent, including, as treatment advisor, his friend Alfred Hitchcock.Yet, despite initial support from the British and US Governments, the film was shelved, and only now, seventy years on, has it been restored and completed by Imperial War Museums. This eloquent, lucid documentary by André Singer (executive producer of the award-winning THE ACT OF KILLING) is narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and tells the extraordinary story of the filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein’s project, using original archive footage and eyewitness testimonies. The result is powerful, deeply moving, and will live long in the memory. Audiences should be aware that the film features upsetting scenes.

Supporting Short: ACT OF TERROR, Gemma Atkinson, 7 min
Following the personal journey of Gemma Atkinson as she takes the MET police to high court for abusing their powers under the terrorism law. Told through animation mixed with live action.

 

St Brelade's Parish Hall, St Aubin
Saturday 27th September 2.30pm - 4.15pm


ONE PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME + Q&A WITH ALASTAIR LAYZELL

(2013, dir. Alastair Layzell, US/UK, 90 mins, U)

Originally aired on PBS in the States, ONE PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME is directed by Alastair Layzell and produced by Jersey-based production company Colonial Pictures. Narrated by Hollywood smoothie George Clooney, the documentary tells the story of two men, one the President of the United States John F. Kennedy – shot in Dallas in 1963 and rushed to Parkland hospital, his fate unknown – and the other respected CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite, knowing he had to get the story right amid myriad uncertainties on that tragic day. Featuring interviews with former president Bill Clinton and rarely seen archive footage of Kennedy and Cronkite, a shortened version of ONE PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2013 under the name JFK: NEWS OF A SHOOTING. Branchage brings you the full-length documentary followed by a Q&A with director Alastair Layzell.

Supporting Short: BLINK, Colin Ross Smith, 3 min
A man is visited by a mysterious figure after awakening from an intensive surgical procedure.

Cineworld, St Helier
Thursday 25th September 7pm - 9.30pm


PIERRE HENRY: THE ART OF SOUNDS

(2006, dirs. Eric Darmon, Franck Mallet, France, 52 mins, U)

Introduced by Radiophonic Workshop

Eric Darmon and Franck Mallet’s film explores the life and work of the extraordinary and pioneering French composer Pierre Henry who, in establishing the ‘Musique Concrète’ genre in the 1950s, became an inspiration to generations of DJs and experimental and electronic musicians, not least the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, who have selected the film as part of their sonic film strand, and who will be introducing the film on the day. Musique Concrète sought to revolutionise music, with rhythm and melody dispensed of and sounds and noises from the real world replacing them – ART OF SOUNDS follows Pierre as he searches the streets of Paris for the perfect sound.

Supporting Short: DELIAN MODE, Kara Blake, 25 min
a short experimental documentary revolving around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the Doctor Who theme music.

Jersey Museum Cinema, St Helier
Friday 26th September 2pm - 4pm

Curator Pick: agnès b. & Radiophonic Workshop


PLANET OCEAN

(2012, dirs. Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Michel Pitiot, France, 94 mins, U)

Can we imagine a film that would change the way people look at the ocean? Can we explain simply, to everyone, the greatest natural mystery of our planet? And lastly, can we help our children believe in a better and more sustainable world tomorrow?

This is the triple challenge faced in the cinematic adventure from Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, who brings with him the scientific missions of TARA, a unique pool of researchers, oceanographers and biologists from several countries. Thanks to its astonishing photography, the film takes us on a magnificent and unprecedented journey into the heart of the least known regions of our planet.

With narration from Josh Duhamel (THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY), the documentary was shot in extreme geographical conditions all over the globe, portraying the modern Odyssey of people who go out to discover their blue planet. Quite simply, the film is a plea for humanity to respect the world in which we live.

Supporting Short: FOREVER, Tony Plant, 3 min
For over twenty years Tony Plant has been making temporary interventions and drawings in the landscape.

St Brelade's Parish Hall, St Aubin
Saturday 27th September 5pm - 7.30pm


Curator Pick:  agnès b.


PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS

(2014, dir. Florian Habicht, UK, 90 mins, 12)

In one of the year’s most uplifting and inspiring documentaries, PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS follows Jarvis Cocker’s band as they gear up to return to Sheffield for a homecoming show and their last UK concert, 25 years and 10 million album sales after leaving the Steel City to find fame with era-defining anthems such as ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. Jarvis and the band share their thoughts on love and mortality, and director Florian Habicht paint a picture of a Sheffield illuminated by its unique characters – some ordinary, some weird, but all wonderful. PULP is a film that transcends its subject matter. We defy anyone, Britpop aficionado or not, to see the film and not feel their hearts warmed and their lives well and truly affirmed.

Supporting Short: HUMAN BEINGS, Jonathan Entwistle, 14 min
A film about teenage friends, girls, fights, parties and unicorns in the middle of nowhere.

St Aubin-on-the-Hill Church, St Aubin
Saturday 27th September 5pm - 7.30pm


St Brelade’s Parish Hall
Sunday 28th September 11.30am – 1.30p


Photo: Frank Swider

Photo: Frank Swider

REVENGE OF THE MEKONS

(2013, dir. Joe Angio, USA, 95 mins, 12)

“THE MEKONS ARE THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY GROUP IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK N’ ROLL”… the sage words of legendary rock critic Lester Bangs…

Political provocateurs. Social agitators. Punk’s reigning contrarians. The Mekons have been called all this and more. Revenge of the Mekons chronicles the unlikely story of a group of radical British art students who formed in the first blast of punk rock in 1977. Against all odds — and despite a career consigned to the margins — the Mekons continue to tour and make adventurous and challenging albums, despite the fact that its eight members are separated by thousands of miles across two continents.

Adored with cult-like devotion by fans and critics alike, the Mekons have redefined themselves and their music repeatedly over the years while staying true to the punk ethos. But the Mekons are more than just a band. They’re also an art collective whose members make art individually, collectively and in collaboration with other avant-garde artists. A rich and illuminating account of a fascinating, criminally under-recognized band, Revenge of the Mekons is a lively, inspiring and entertaining film — with killer music, to boot!

Supporting Short: AMANDA F***ING PALMER ON THE ROCKS, Ondi Timoner, 18mins
A short documentary that follows rock star Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls) as she raises 1.2 million dollars via crowdfunding to fund a career outside the industry.

Jersey Museum Cinema, St Helier
Friday 26th September 8pm - 10pm


WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES

(2014, dir. Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, USA, 79 mins, PG)

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s vibrant and powerful new documentary traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman.

From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

Supporting Short: THE CENTENARIANS, Sophie Williams, 23 min (CI Filmmaker)
What is it like to live to see 100? This documentary film project interviews Jersey individuals who have reached their 100th birthday.

St Brelade's Parish Hall, St Aubin
Sunday 28th September 2.30pm - 4.30pm