Books, Film & TV Monday, December 14th

Borderlines Film Festival: immerse yourself in the movies

Jeremy Irons as Anthony Royal in High-Rise. In the region of 100 films will be screened during the 14th Borderlines Film Festival.

Ready to immerse yourself in celluloid? Borderlines Film Festival, incorporating the Festival of British Cinema, returns in less than three months. 

Running from February 26 to March 13 2016, the festival will once again bring seriously good film to rural Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh Marches. 

Holding its own as the fourth biggest film festival in England in terms of scale and attendance figures, determinedly rural and expansive where larger festivals are metropolitan and centred, Borderlines screens in 30 locations across four counties.

While the full programme won't be released until late- January, we know the 2016 bill will include the Oscar-tipped Spotlight, The Hateful Eight, The Revenant, Trumbo and Suffragette to Lamb, a comprehensive retrospective of visionary Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, and ground-breaking showcase of Romani Cinema, backed by the BFI and curated with the support of Hereford-based Travellers’ Times/Rural Media.

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Guests who have been invited to attend in person include actors Tim Roth (Chronic, The Hateful Eight), Peter Mullan (Sunset Song, Hector), Romani filmmaker and curator Charles Newland, and production designer Maria Djurkovic (A Bigger Splash, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy).

And running alongside the main event will be the Festival of British Cinema at Hay-on-Wye. With 30 screenings over three days, it’ll celebrate some of the best new British independent cinema releases, including Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Elisabeth Moss.

New releases to be screened at Borderlines and the Festival of British Cinema:

  • The Assassin (dir. Hou Hsaio-Hsien, Taiwan)
  • A Bigger Splash (dir. Luca Guadagnino, Italy France))
  • Bolshoi Babylon dir. Nick Read, Mark Franchetti, UK)
  • Chronic (dir. Michel Franco, Mexico, France)
  • Dad's Army (dir. Oliver Parker, UK)
  • Departure (dir. Andrew Steggall, UK)
  • The Forbidden Room (dir. Guy Maddin, Canada)
  • Güeros (dir. Alonso Ruiz Palacios, Mexico)
  • The Hateful Eight (dir. Quentin Tarantino, US)
  • Hector (dir. Jake Gavin, UK)
  • Janis: Little Girl Blue (dir. Amy Berg, US)
  • Joy (dir. David O. Russell, US)
  • Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise (dir. Volker Schaner, Germany)
  • Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, US/Italy/UK)
  • Radiator (dir. Tom Browne, UK)
  • Rams (dir. Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland/Denmark/Norway/Poland)
  • The Revenant (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu, US)
  • Room (dir. Lenny Abrahamson, Canada/Ireland)
  • Spotlight (dir. Tom McCarthy, US)
  • Sunset Song (dir. Terence Davies, UK/Luxembourg)
  • The Survivalist (dir. Stephen Fingleton, UK)
  • Tangerine (dir. Sean Baker, US)
  • Taxi Tehran (dir. Jafar Panahi, Iran)
  • Trumbo (dir. Jay Roach, US)
  • Youth (dir. Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)

Tickets will go on sale via the festival box office at the Courtyard, Hereford: 01432 340555 or online at, on January 26. They'll also be available on the door at individual venues.

Herefordshire Live is a proud sponsor of Borderlines Film Festival 2016.

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