A Weekend in the Country: The rural landscape on film

Two evenings of award winning films, talks and music

The festival will bring together ten films (three features and seven independent shorts) which explore aspects of the rural landscape. Feature films screening during the weekend include the award winning Sleep Furiously, which documents a year in the life of a tiny Welsh village,  the classic 1937 film The Edge of the World (a must see on the big screen!) and the award winning Modern Life; an affectionate and often very funny study of rural farmers in the remote French countryside.

The short films include This is My Land by Ben Rivers which documents a man who lives a self sustainable life in a small house in the middle of a Scottish wood, the moving Portrait of Ga by Margaret Tait which captures her childhood home in Orkney and Emily Richardson’s Aspect which records a year in the life of a forest through changes in light and sound.

Talks by Northern Art Prize winner, Karen Guthrie and conservationist Bill Shaw will introduce the films and on the Saturday evening we are excited to announce that there will be a live performance by acclaimed singer/songwriter Nancy Elizabeth.

As well as a ‘village fete’ style food stall there will be hot mulled wine and all in all it has the makings of a wonderful start to the festive season!

Plus an evening performance by Nancy Elizabeth



Festival Details:

Victory Hall, Station Road,

Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December 09

£5 day ticket / £8 Weekend Pass

Buy Tickets online www.skiddle.com

or call/visit Broughton Information Centre 

on 01229 716115

Doors open 5:30 pm - first film at 6 pm

Programme Details:

Saturday 5th December

(Please note times are approximate)

6.00 pm


With a talk from filmmaker Karen Guthrie (Somewhere/Grizedale Arts)

6.45 pm


short film by artist Ben Rivers charting the life of self-sufficient forest dweller Jake Williams

7.15 pm Interval

7.45 pm


(Gideon Koeppel, 2009) - beautiful portrayal of a year in the life in a tiny Welsh Village.

9.15 pm Interval

9.45 pm


(Leaf Records) - live performance by the UK’s leading light in modern Folk music


Sunday 6th December

6 pm


Studies of life in rural Scotland by one of Britain’s most important filmmakers

6.30 pm


Short films recording the landscape and its changing nature over time

7 pm Interval

7.30 pm


(Raymond Depardon, 2008) - affectionate documentary chronicling life in rural France

9 pm Interval

9.30 pm


Broughton-based conservationist talks about his Summer as warden on the remote island of St. Kilda

10 pm

EDGE OF THE WORLD (Michael Powell, 1937) - classic drama recreating the evacuation of St. Kilda 


We invited Nancy to be part of the festival after hearing her first album, which was completely recorded in a farmhouse in Wales and beautifully captures the history of the British countryside.

Nancy is a leading light in the modern Folk movement and plays a multitude of instruments from piano, harp and xylophone. In her music you can hear a deep relationship with the countryside, it’s history and industries. To write her second album she took herself off to rural wales and the Faroe Islands. There is no other musician more relevant to the festival than Nancy. She is on the acclaimed Leaf Label and this is a rare chance to see her perform in the North West


Samantha Alan & Glenn Boulter of BRIC have worked with the Lake District Sustainability Fund to develop a festival that explores all aspects of our countryside from it’s beauty to raising awareness of the changes taking place within our environment.

The Lake District Low Carbon Initiative

The Lake District of 2050 could feel very different to today. As climate change takes hold, weather patterns will alter, and extreme events will become more common. There will be changes to the coastline, water cycles and conditions for wildlife. And as society tries to head down a lower-carbon path, the way that we build, travel, work and manage land will change dramatically. The Low-Carbon Lake District initiative aims to chart a way forward for the National Park. The Park Authority itself has pledged to reduce its own carbon reductions dramatically, and recently signed up to the 10:10 initiative. It is developing a sustainable transport framework for the area, and is encouraging the development of renewable energy that is in keeping with the special landscape. It is working in partnership with communities, businesses and visitors to the Lake District, to find ways of rising to the challenge of climate change. For more on this work, have a look at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/climatechange


The festival has been curated by community arts organisation BRIC and funded by the Lake District Sustainability Fund, CGP Duddon Parish Trust and the Parish Pump. All profits from the festival will be donated to the Victory Hall for it’s ongoing maintenance.




The programme is supported by LUX