New Screenings at Newlyn Arts Festival & Stithians Centre

West Cornwall based awen productions cic will be turning back time once again with their  Tre Project – Rediscovering Cornwall and Isles of Scilly through Archive Film where rare archive films of the area will be given a contemporary twist.

As part of Newlyn Arts Festival : Newlyn Art Gallery on Friday 23rd September. Doors open at 6.30pm.  Entry : Donations

As part of Carn to Cove : Stithians Centre on Saturday 24th September at 6.45pm.

Entry: £7 adult, £6 concessions children free with a paying adult

Cornish Nets © South West Film & TV Archive

Barbara Santi, Director of awen productions, explained “Tre is a Cornish word for home/homestead.  We’re really excited about these events where we will be bringing out some rare gems from South West Film and TV Archive’s vaults.

In Newlyn we’ll be showing films with a focus on West Cornwall’s fishing heritage.  One of these films is ‘Cornish Nets’ – a very special 1930’s black and white silent movie which doesn’t usually get the opportunity to be shown to the public.  It’s beautifully atmospheric following the story of Cornish fishing villages in the Penzance bay area where, as the film caption says, ‘for generations the people have turned to the sea as a means of gaining a livelihood’. ”

For one night only ‘Cornish Nets’ will have its very own musical score as duo John Thomson & Martin Bowie will be performing live their unique blend of evocative post-impressionistic music to accompany the film.

Other films in the programme includes Clive Gunnell’s visit to Newlyn in the late 1970’s in ‘Walking Westward’ when the Quay was still being extended and a new short film called ‘From the Dell to the Ocean’ which uses a Penberth family’s personal Super 8 film archive from the 1960’s of lobster pot making and sustainable fishing methods in the cove.

From the Dell to the Ocean - a short film by Joseph Chapple & Barbara Santi

At Stithians Centre which is part of Carn to Cove’s Autumn season, the programme includes a 1979 Westward report on ‘Hot Rocks’ the disused granite quarry at Stithians and 1978 footage of Stithians Show.  Rare 1930’s/1940’s archive will also be shown featuring the river Fal, farming, mining and Cornish Trades and Industries such as butter making and thatching. The evening also has a special photographic display from the archive of the Stithians History Society.

At both events new locally made films using archive exploring the theme of ‘home’ will also be screened.

The project is made possible with funding of £36,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Feast which enables Tre to continue for 3 years.  Commenting on the HLF award, Head of South West Nerys Watts said: “We were delighted to be able to support awen productions with this project.  These screenings are just a few in a series to be held throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which will help to reconnect people to their history, heritage, identity and culture, making the past accessible to new generations of local people and visitors alike.”

Look out for other screenings across Cornwall including Royal Cornwall Museum in October and Cornwall Film Festival in November.

Please go to Events section for posters.

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