Published on : Wednesday, August 6, 2014
AFTER A 3 YEAR HIATUS BRANCHAGE RETURNS, with guest curators, the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop (yes, they of Doctor Who fame) and iconic French fashion designer agnès b, with events around the island based around the island of Jersey, roaring parties & gatherings in the famous Spiegeltent and film, music and art happenings within our Festival Village in the quaint harbour town of St Aubin. With the most beautiful & obscure in mind we’re making creative use of the island’s churches, forts, parish halls, pubs and farms, all transformed into beautiful pop-up venues.
Branchage’s previous appearances in the island resulted in Little White Lies dubbing the festival “The naughty little sister of Cannes” while The Guardian said of the event “The nation’s most intrepid film festival” Events such as the screening of Battleship Potemkin on a tug boat in St Helier harbour with a live score from French electro duo, Zombie Zombie to the projection of Superman on the side of a mammoth dam, the Branchage team’s natural tendency and passion for innovation across the arts has kept the festival at the forefront of film, music and art lovers minds across the Channel Islands and beyond. The festival team have been keeping Branchage active with events in London and Jersey as well as at Bestival and even at the CERN labs in Switzerland – home of the Large Hadron Collider.
Curators Agnès B & Radiophonic Workshop
Agnès b. is best known as a fashion designer, opening her first shop on Rue du Jour in Paris in 1975. Since then, she has created a template for modern, longlasting, democratic clothing wherever possible still produced in France. This year sees the release of Agnès’ very own feature film entitled ‘Je m’appelle Hmmm’. ’Je m’appelle Hmmm’ has been praised and presented at the Venice Mostra, the New York Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Tokyo Filmex, Glasgow Film Festival, Festival Femmes et Toiles, Hong Kong Film Festival, Villa Medici in Rome and now at Branchage Festival, Jersey.
With this year’s festival theme being language, communication and translation, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop have been invited by Branchage Festival as UK curators to cover this theme using the medium that they truly know inside and out… Sound. In a first for the legendary composers and sonic pioneers, famed for their landmark sound design and musical themes for Doctor Who, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Timewatch, Newsround and Quatermass – the Workshop have put together a programme of films, sound-led events and a very special bespoke live performance for Branchage 2014 that we’re all extremely excited about.
With each of our 70+ events dripping with creativity & ambition, it’s almost impossible to talk about one event over another. So, in no particular order, here are just a few of this year’s event details to whet your Branchage appetites…
Elektro Moskva (Elena Tikhonova, Dominik Spritzendorfer, 2013) + Phil Hartnoll (Orbital) in conversation with Radiophonic Workshop + Afterparty (supported by Mourant Ozannes)
A feature on Russia’s “electronic history”, from the Theremin and the synthesizer to the bugging devices of the KGB, screening at St Aubin on the hill Church.
Is the man who is tall happy? (Michel Gondry, 2013) + Noam Chomsky Q&A by live video feed.
The second ever UK screening of the new film from Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF A SPOTLESS MIND) who merges the worlds of art and science by cleverly animating the inner-workings of Professor Noam Chomsky’s world-renowned mind. Prof Noam Chomsky will join us by live video feed from MIT where he is Professor of Linguistics.
How we used to live (Paul Kelly, 2014) + Saint Etienne live score
(supported by JTC Group). This event takes place on the opening night of the festival, Wednesday 24th September, in the beautiful Jersey Opera House, The film is described as an impressionistic, poetic vision of a vanishing London, with footage from the BFI National Archive, portraying London in all its cultural glory.
Heavenly Recordings Party: Stealing Sheep, H Hawkline, Heavenly Jukebox + More
Yet another infamous Branchage party, this time celebrating & showcasing the infamous label Heavenly Recordings at Jersey’s Havana nightclub, St Helier on Friday 26th September. Also expect a DJ set from Guernsey’s finest Andre de Carteret, hosting a funk-filled ‘Get Down’ room.
“Make Your Own Island” 3D Mapping Projection Show + Radiophonic Workshop live score (supported by QED Productions)
Illumination of 13th century St Aubin’s Fort using the very latest 3D Projection Mapping technology to create a magnificent, moving visual experience, all to the soundscape of a specially commissioned, exclusive score to be performed live by the iconic Radiophonic Workshop.
La Planete Sauvage + live score from Stealing Sheep & Radiophonic Workshop’s Dr Dick Mills.
French Czechoslovakian production LA PLANETE SAUVAGE the 1973 film centres around a future race of beings in human shape form but 100 times bigger in size. Screening & Live score to take at St Aubin Methodist Church.
“Eat Your Own Island” Pop Up Restaurant & Food Talks/Walks (supported by Genuine Jersey)
Serving up the finest Jersey produce in conceptual Cordon Bleu style the pop up restaurant will open all five nights during the festival with Cordon Bleu chef India Hamilton, alongside Oliver Rowe, “The Urban Chef” at the helm. Also on hand to work with the restaurant and give a series of talks is Tom Badcock, a regular keynote speaker at industry cheese events, and supplier of top London restaurants and outlets including Harrods Food Hall.
CI Wrestling Show + After Party with MixHell (dj/drums) (Boys Noize) + More
(in partnership with True/False Film Festival) Saturday 27th September sees a screening at the Watersplash nightclub of FAKE IT SO REAL, a documentary that dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling, the screening followed by a live wrestling show… Then right on to the after party. The party will be headlined by MIXHELL (featuring IGOOR CAVALERA of the legendary multi-platinum selling heavy metal band SEPULTURA on live drums).