Down by the riverside: Eastville school hosts River Frome film festival

Issue date: 05 June 2013


River Frome Eastville

More films from the River Bank

Saturday 8 June 2013 13.00 – 16.00

Glenfrome Primary School, Eastville, Bristol

A festival of films on the challenges and benefits of living by the River Frome in Eastville is on show at Glenfrome Primary School on Saturday 8 June.

Entitled More films from the River Bank, the festival is part of the Multi-Story Water project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The project is led by Lindsey McEwen, Professor of Environmental Management at UWE Bristol, and Steve Bottoms, Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the University of Manchester.

Lindsey said, “This is a rerun of local films shown under the M32 during the successful performance weekend in September 2012 with some new additions. These include a film made by local filmmaker Jez Toogood that draws on local water stories and Frome 'voices', and digital stories created from the oral history interviews we gathered as a key part of the Multi-Story Water project.”

The River Frome rises near Chipping Sodbury and flows through Frenchay and Eastville to join the Avon at the Floating Harbour but is hidden under the concrete of the M32 for much of its last section. The Multi-Story Water project brought together the community, scientists and artists who explored the River Frome in all its dimensions. It looked at the advantages and challenges of living by the River Frome, using water stories and performance theatre to engage with local communities.

Lindsey continued, “In Eastville, the river Frome starts within green spaces and then ends up in a concrete channel. It flows by houses, allotments, Tesco and Ikea. The stories we have recorded embrace the changing character of the river over time, its geography and flood history, and its wildlife.

“The afternoon of River Frome-themed films in Glenfrome Primary School on Saturday 8 June is free and tea and home-made cakes and refreshments are available.”

More information about the project can be found at multi-story-eastville.co.uk.

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