Borderlines Film Festival 2018

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We are delighted to bring another programme chockful of previews, UK premieres and special strands celebrating Ingmar Bergman, new cinema from Africa, Tales from the Silk Road and reflections of May ‘68 together with the best of world and independent cinema to audiences in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Malvern and the borders.

Borderlines is built on partnerships with our venues; The Courtyard Hereford, Flicks in the Sticks, Malvern Theatres, Ludlow Assembly Rooms and independent market town and village venues. None of it would be possible without the support of venue staff, volunteers and our funders, the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery, The Elmley Foundation and Hereford City Council. We thank our sponsors and ask you to support them where you can.

Don’t miss our Opening Gala and Outdoor Screenings at the Left Bank too! 

Naomi Vera-Sanso
Festival Director


Cinema isn’t simply images. This year’s festival brings you superlative music films and films with stirring musical soundtracks.

Arcadia is a hybrid, a poetic film essay, weaving amazing archive footage into a narrative about rural Britain and our changing relationship to the land. Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory have written the score. On Sunday 4 March, Adrian Utley introduces Arcadia along with the producer Adrian Cooper. A Q&A chaired by Watershed Bristol’s Mark Cosgrove follows.

Behind the Door (1919) is a cracking silent revenge film, freshly restored with gorgeous colour tinting, brought to Borderlines by South West Silents. The multi-instrumental score will be performed live by regular festival guest Stephen Horne (The Lodger, Pandora’s Box) on Friday 9 March.

Monterey Pop  – the first and quite possibly the best rockumentary ever made. Verité filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker and his team captured legendary musicians and entranced audience at the Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967.

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios – the sequel to Wim Wenders’ 1997 seminal documentary, covering the farewell tour of the fabulous Cuban band.

The Magic Flute – Ingmar Bergman’s 1975 adaptation of the Mozart opera, was described by The NY Times on its release as ‘an absolutely dazzling film entertainment, so full of beauty, intelligence, wit, and fun that it becomes a testimonial not only to man’s possibilities but also to his high spirits.’

Phantom Thread – against the backdrop of 1950s London haute couture, this mysteriously dark romance has a BAFTA-nominated score by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

Félicité  – set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tells the story of a Kinshasa nightclub singer facing a family crisis and features the music of the Kasai Allstars and the Symphonic Orchestra of Kinshasa.



Recently released British film Journey’s End, an adaptation of the classic play by R.C. Sheriff,  has had truly outstanding reviews, with critical acclaim to rival that of Darkest Hour

This is British filmmaking at its best: tense, moving, restrained, with a vein of dark humour from Toby Jones as C Company’s cook (‘What kind of soup is it?’ ‘Yellow soup, sir’). Performances from Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany and Asa Butterfield pierce to the quick.
“...the story feels new again, more humane and horrible than we’ve seen it on screen” 5* The Times

We’re fortunate to be joined by director Saul Dibb for the Saturday 24 February screening at 5.45pm. Saul will introduce the film with a Q&A hosted by broadcaster and Festival Patron Francine Stock to follow.



Thought you knew everything about Winnie Mandela? Indiscreet, volatile, troublesome and highly visible consort to Nelson Mandela during his years in prison on Robben Island, perceived as a scourge and liability on his release? 

Pascale Lamche’s new documentary Winnie will make you think again. It concentrates on Winnie’s years of activism and demystifies the negative image  of Winnie as ‘sinner’ to Nelson Mandela’s ‘saint’.

Pascale will be introducing the documentary at 8pm on Saturday 3 March at The Courtyard Hereford with a Q&A to follow.

There’s so much more to Borderlines; learn more on their website: