Beacons Festival in Skipton, Yorkshire, is just two short weeks away. Running 7-10 August, the four day event has revealed the full details of its arts programme and film schedule. This year the festival increases the activities in The Space Between arts field, in a new location next to the main arena. The Space Between is an oasis of creativity, and will feature installations, outdoor performance, spoken word, film and an alternative music programme. In addition, the new Hunter’s Field will host the new outdoor Argyll Stage (in partnership with DIY) and cinema and workshop tent Dawsons Arthouse, creating a gateway to the Diddy Rascals Family Field.
For 2014 Beacons has produced a film and documentary programme, working alongside Cine North, No/Gloss, Leeds International Film Festival, FutureShorts and Warp Films to secure screenings of some incredible films from Yorkshire and around the world. There will also be Q&As with acclaimed Directors such as Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant, The Arbor, Flood).
Other film highlights include screenings of popular music documentaries, such as Mistaken For Strangers, a hilarious take on the documentary genre about the bond between two brothers and The National, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets, an exploration into the impact of Sheffield on Pulp, and Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, a look into how legendary label Stones Throw Records, the life project of Peanut Butter Wolf, has had a momentous influence on hip-hop. Other film screenings include The Punk Singer, Leviathan, Chasing Ice, Sign Painters, The Selfish Giant, Under the Skin, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and To Hell with all Culture.
British Sea Power will also be in attendance performing their composition for Penny Woolcock’s stunning film From the Sea to the Land Beyond. A unique collaboration, the film explores the role the coast plays in our lives; whether it’s a trip into busy, colourful seaside towns or the remote Scottish Isles. It is an evocative and sometimes nostalgic piece of work to inspire people to think about their own experiences and opinions on the British coast.
Beacons Festival, Skipton, 7-10 August. Find out more at www.greetingsfrombeacons.com.
1. Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer.