Jersey: home to the the Lesser white-toothed shrew, Jim Bergerac and, of late, an extraordinary festival: Branchage.
Now in its third year, Branchage is principally concerned with film, but it boasts a music programme of considerable clout. There’s also a special focus on the marrying of film and music, with a wealth of music documentaries and live soundtrack events staged in addition to parties and performances.
The 2010 edition of Branchage takes place across several Jersey locations over the period September 23-26. Adventures In The Beetroot Field and The Lock Tavern are curating the line-up in the Barclays Wealth Spiegeltent on September 24, with a live set from Chrome Hoof and DJs including Casper C and Filthy Dukes. On Saturday, Club Kamikaze presents Stars In Your Face at The Live Lounge, with Men In Masks joined by local talent including Falineeza Horsepower and Brobots. Those of a more vaudevillian disposition are catered for by a smorgasbord of music hall classics and Victorian seaside jollity back at the Spiegeltent on the same night.
Euros Childs & Richard James kick off a series of live soundtracks, performing a specially commissioned new scoe for the enchanting Russian fairytale animations of Yuri Norstein. There will be one show in in the grand environs of the Jersey Opera House on Friday 24 September, and a more intimate offering at St Helier’s Town Church the following night.
Japanese metal troupe Bo Ningen will perform a semi-improvised, psychedelic accompaniment to a screening of Tatsuo Sato’s 2001 anime Cat Soup at All Saints Church on Friday 24, while Paris’s Zombie Zombie are on hand to score Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin in their creepy, Carpenter-indebted style – the film will be screened on a tugboat in St Helier’s harbour on the Saturday.
Acclaimed sound artist Robin Rimbaud AKA Scanner will play a live set against the backdrop of a Victorian magic lantern show at Jersey Museum’s Merchants House, and on Sunday 26 September Pevin Kinkel will play along to 2005 food production documentary Our Daily Bread over in the Classic Herd Barn.
Furthermore, there will be a screening of Separado!, the remarkable documentary charting Gruff Rhys‘s journey to Patagonia in search of his long-lost uncle, followed by a Q&A with the Super Furry Animals frontman. Gilbert O’Sullivan will also be on hand to field audience questions about Out On His Own, Adrian McCarthy’s film about him, and there’s also a screening of When You’re Strange, the recent documentary about The Doors, preceded by live covers of Jim Morrison and co’s greatest hits. Last but not least, a special screening of Gainsbourg, Joann Sfar’s flamboyant biopic of the mighty Serge.
There’s much more to be announced for Branchage 2010. Festival passes, starting at £59 and creeping up to £79 in the immediate run-up to the festival, are available from various outlets. For more information, visit branchagefestival.com.