Dungeness is on map for festival

Dungeness feature. 16/2/12 ENGSUS00120120320144434
Dungeness feature. 16/2/12 ENGSUS00120120320144434

The bleak empty landscape of Dungeness is being re-mapped at Rye Arts Festival.

A number of festival events take their inspiration from Dungeness.

Festival guest Jamie Doward’s first novel, Toxic, is a crime thriller which opens with a mutilated corpse being discovered on the shingle by the shore at Dungeness.

Jamie is Senior Reporter for the Observer with a love of running and the Dungeness landscape.

He will be talking at the Mermaid on Saturday September 12.

On Sunday September 13 James Mackay will be at the Kino cinema in the company of BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz.

James was the long-time collaborator of Derek Jarman, director of films like Jubilee, Carvaggio and The Tempest, producing all his feature films.

In his later years, Jarman lived in a house on the beach at Dungeness, famous for its garden of shingle flowering plants.

He shot a number of films on Super 8 using a hand help camera, which were even more experimental than his mainstream work, and a lot of which were shot at Dungeness.

Following Jarman’s death, Mackay set to work to restore these films and digitise them so they will survive into the future. He also wrote Derek Jarman Super 8 which provides further insight into one of Britain’s greatest and certainly most experimental film directors.

Mackay will be in conversation with Will Gompertz, author of Think Like an Artist, who is also a fan of Jarman’s work, and will reveal the painstaking work he went to restore these films.

The talk will be accompanied by a screening of some of the Super 8 films in what will be Rye Arts Festival’s first use of the new Kino cinema in Rye.

These are part packed programme of over 60 events over the whole fortnight, which includes classical musical, folk, blues, Cajun, Irish and rock ‘n’ roll, film, theatre, literature, cinema and art exhibitions .

The Festival runs from September 11 - 27.

More information is available by telephoning the Box Office on 01797 224442 or checking out www.ryeartsfestival.co.uk. The Box Office is open for personal bookings at Phillips and Stubbs in Cinque Ports St, Rye, from 9.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Saturday.

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