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This month Reel to Real brings you a selection of short films exploring the local, through landscapes and environments close to Dumfries from the eyes of artist-filmmakers. The selection of films will be presented in collaboration with the filmmakers behind each project, with opportunity to hear from them about the works after the screening.
Please note this month’s film screening takes place on Thursday, and not the normal Friday slot.
The Stove café will be open from 5.30pm serving pre-film dinner, traybakes and drinks.
About the Films
12 minutes / hand developed 16mm / 2020
Haaf netting is a traditional method of fishing for salmon and sea trout practiced on both sides of the solway firth. The film captures a few of the last remaining Haaf netters as they continue a millennial old tradition.
The film was made in collaboration with Heather Andrews – a Glasgow based sound designer and field recordist
In Erms of Clay
7 mins / 16mm / 2021
A Southern Scots gothic tale, in Erms of Clay explores a time when to be neurodivergent was considered to be disturbed. The story is set just prior to the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak in Dumfries and Galloway. It is seen through the eye of a teenage girl, Fraoch, whose journey through a diagnosis of epilepsy takes place within the walls of an adolescent unit in the South of Scotland.
Digital video with audio / dir. John Wallace / 2023
A sneak preview of a series of three films exploring different aspects of the ecosystems and environment of the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Nature Reserve. Commissioned by NTS and Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership, the films coincide with a period of rapid change on the Reserve as the Trust embarks on a 100 Year Landscape Restoration Project. Its aims are to enrich the biodiversity of the land at Kelton Mains, a former mixed-use farm and shooting estate, in order to create a naturally regenerating area for nature with enhanced, sustainable access for visitors and to increase ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change.
The films which are designed for use in education, are the result of an extended residency at the site for environmental video artist and filmmaker John Wallace.
About the Filmmakers
John Wallace is an environmental video artist and filmmaker based in Annandale, Dumfries and Galloway. John has recently undertaken a yearlong artist residency, Artful Migration at Threave Castle Estate focussed on the presence of breeding Ospreys and those involved in their conservation and resulted in the multi-screen audio-visual installation Scene: Here.
Heather Andrews is a sound designer & dubbing mixer based in Glasgow. Her body of work spans many different disciplines, including Film, Installation, Television, Radio & Theatre.
Julia Parks is based in West Cumbria and is an artist filmmaker exploring the different relationships between landscapes, plants, people and industry. She works with experimental documentary forms often using 16mm film, archival footage, poetry and song.
About Reel to Real
Reel to Real Cinema is a monthly film space in the Stove Café on Dumfries High Street, featuring an eclectic mixture of conversational films – from artist made shorts to feature length documentaries, locally made to international cinema. A space for discussion and thought-provoking films, you are welcome to join us after the film for a short discussion about the themes from this month’s selection.
Level Access in rear of building through adjacent close to left-hand side of the Cafe (facing the front of the building). To ensure your experience with us is as best as it can be, please do let us know if you have any specific access requirements and we’d be happy to help. Please email Kevin or Sal on: [email protected] or phone 01387 252435 and speak with one of our team. We are able to provide walk-throughs of the building before attending our events as well as assign seating before your arrival.