Beat Happening has jetted over to the paradise island of Jersey, treasure trove for drug smugglers, money launderers and the rich and famous. Why? Because the first Branchage (pronounced ‘Bron-carge’ International Film Festival is about to begin, with the opening gala screening of James Marsh’s ‘Man On Wire’, the documentary about World Trade Centre tightrope-walking nutjob Phillipe Petit. And Saturday sees Beat Happening hosting The Beat Happening Sessions in the festival’s Spiegeltent, with live music and poetry from the likes of The Midnight Expresso, The Wizard and the Frog, Pevin Kinel and more!
As partners of the festival, we’ve also played our part in producing the festival programmes, and so that we spread the word of Beat Happening, we’ll be busy for the next few days thrusting them into the hands of anyone who cares to take one!
Musical highlights over the next few days include (apart from the BH Sessions) Grant Gee’s documentary ‘Joy Division’, Vice Films’ ‘Heavy Metal in Baghdad’, Warp FIlms’ ‘My Sexual Failures’, as well as a Warp Records Party with Broadcast DJs, The Oscillation and Velofax. Then there’s the Bordee de Branchage, a burlesque party with fan dancers and former Beat Happening interviewee Paloma Faith. And The Wicker Man, screened in a seven hundred-year old castle, with a live score by The Memory Band. It’s going to be a little bit good we think.
Anyhow, must dash, I have four thousand programmes to give away.
Love and kisses, Chris Beat Happening.
PS NEWSFLASH!!! The Beat Happening Sessions at the Branchage Spiegeltent this Saturday will be a fancy dress event. Worry not, it’s not an obligation, but the winner of the best fancy dress costume will bag themselves 2 free film passes for the rest of the festival! Howzabout that folks???
The theme is: ROCK STARS! So why not get yourself a papier mache beehive on your head and go as Amy Winehouse, or slip on your blue suede shoes and do a turn as Elvis, or perhaps cut your arm off and come as the drummer from Def Leppard!
The Beat Happening Sessions will be taking place at the Spiegeltent, The Weighbridge, St. Helier, on Saturday 27th September, 3pm – 6.15pm, and will be followed by the Bordee de Branchage… be there!
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