Summerhall film programme at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
- Harry Harris
- 1 August 2013
Film and events including The Brothers Quay in conversation, Sven Werner and Pumajaw
Summerhall are embracing challenging visuals, sonic landscapes and innovative filmmakers in their programme of film events for the Fringe this year, showcasing a style of cinema a world away from the multiplex.
Undoubtedly the highlight is The Brothers Quay In Conversation (12 Aug). If you’ve not heard of them, think slightly dark, twisted stop-motion animation, in the realm of Jan Svankmajer or even Jim Henson’s The Storyteller series. This is an incredibly rare chance to hear them speak about their influences and their work, and if daring animation is your thing then you won’t want to miss it.
Speaking of dark cinema, Pumajaw’s innovative Song Noir show is another stand out for film lovers. The experimental art duo made up of sound designer and instrumentalist John Wills and vocalist Pinkie Maclure combine bewitching vocals and innovative arrangements of songs from across the spectrum of film noir.
Speaking about how the visual elements of the show – experimental projections and visual collages that sync with the performance – combine with the music, she said that 'The films create environments and atmospheres to enhance the music. There's no explicit narrative there, rather a theme running through them of mystery and suspense.' Mystery and suspense – that’s as good a definition of 'noir' as we can get. If you want a clearer understanding, go check out the show.
Sven Werner’s Tales of Magical Realism is another blend of film and music that looks set to mesmerize: an immersive installation Based on Werner’s film Oculista, in which a lone traveller meets a beautiful mysterious girl at a train station. The show sold out during its initial run at Sonica 2012, so, advance booking is a no-brainer.
In Conversation with The Brothers Quay, 12 Aug, 8.30pm, £10 (£8)
Song Noir, until 25 Aug (not 12 or 19), 9.45pm, £9 (£7)
Tales of Magical Realism, 12–25 Aug (not 14 or 21), times vary, £14 (£9).
All events at Summerhall, 0845 874 3001.