Sea Interludes Film Series starts on 1 February

Posted on 12/01/2015

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This Spring, we’re launching a new film series to honour British artist John Virtue’s major exhibition, The Sea, here at Towner. Starting on 1 February, we will be showing an eclectic selection of films that explore the theme of the sea.

From surf flicks to Japanese animation to documentaries, we’re sure there will be something to delight and interest all tastes. Check out our exciting programme and book your tickets now!

This project is supported by Film Hub South East with National Lottery funds distributed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).






Sea Interludes Film Programme

From the Sea to the Land Beyond (2012)

Penny Woolcock’s award-winning documentary celebrates a century of life on the British coastline, joined by a powerful soundtrack by British Sea Power. Made from over 100 years of BFI archive footage, the film offers a poetic meditation on Britain’s coastline and the role it plays in our lives.

Tickets £4/£3.50 conc./£3 members

Half-term Screening: Ponyo (2008)
WED 18 FEB | 11AM

Join us for a free screening of this delightful animated adventure. Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, Japanese animation Ponyo tells the fantastical story of a young and eager goldfish and her quest to become a human. The screening will include an opportunity to create or colour your own fantastical characters.

Free but ticketed

Swandown & Edgeland Mutter (plus Q&A)
FRI 27 FEB | 7.30PM

Swandown, a film by artist and filmmaker Andrew Kötting and writer Iain Sinclair, follows the duo as they pedal a swan pedalo from Hastings down the River Thames to Hackney. The duo’s short film Edgeland Mutter, described as a ‘reminisce and flawed celebration’ of Hastings, will open the evening. The screenings will be followed with a live Q&A with Kötting and Sinclair.

Tickets £5/£4 conc./£3.50 members

Leviathan (2012) Introduced by Philip Hoare

Leviathan is a powerful documentary that plunges the viewer into the sights and sounds of the savage world of North American commercial fishing. Using tiny waterproof cameras and non-linear editing, the directors create an experience that verges on the hallucinatory and apocalyptic. The screening will be introduced by writer Philip Hoare (Leviathan; The Sea Inside), who will also present a talk about his own work at 1pm.

Tickets £5/£4 conc./£3.50 members

Surf Film Double Bill: A Scene at the Sea & Riding Giants
SUN 29 MAR |

A Scene at the Sea (1991)

This gentle and poignant early film by acclaimed Japanese director Takeshi Kitano tells the story of a young hearing impaired couple whose lives are dramatically changed when the man finds an old surfboard and becomes determined to master the waves.

Tickets £4/£3.50 conc./£3 members

Riding Giants (2004)

Stacy Peralta’s superb cult documentary offers a multi-generational insiders look at the origins of surfing: the colourful and subversive birth of surf culture, and the mythology and the lure of “the big wave”.

Tickets £4/£3.50 conc./£3 members

For Those in Peril (2013)
SUN 12 APR | 3PM

Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing village, is the lone survivor of a mysterious fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men, including his brother. Spurred on by sea-going folklore and superstitions, the village blames Aaron for the tragedy, making him an outcast. Refusing to believe his brother is dead and possessed by grief and madness, he sets out to recover him.

Tickets £4/£3.50 conc./£3 members