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13-15 JUNE

The ‘Losing the Plot’ weekend film retreat is all about playing with the idea of cinema as a collective experience. What makes going to the pictures special is being in a room with lots of other people. The idea behind ‘Losing the Plot’ is to extend this communal experience from ninety minutes in the dark to a whole weekend away together in the wilderness. The content of the weekend revolves around contemporary specialised film – documentaries, narrative films and experimental films – that people keen on cinema, particularly those who live rurally, would find hard to see on the big screen.

The weekend is structured around morning, afternoon and evening screenings, with opportunities for reading, walking and eating together in the wild beauty of the North Pennines. ‘Losing the Plot’ is a tongue in cheek way of approaching films that deviate from the norms of fast-paced, plot-driven blockbusters churned out by Hollywood. This retreat creates space for reflecting on current trends in contemporary cinema, looking at films from around the world which play with the language of film.


Fri 13 June
4.00pm Coach leaving from Star & Shadow Cinema
5.30pm Coach arrival at Burnlaw and make camp
6.00pm Dinner
7.00pm Stories We Tell (2012, dir. Sarah Polley, Canada, documentary)
10.00pm Live 16mm dual projector performance from Richard Tuohy

Sat 14 June
9.00am Breakfast
10.00am Reading and discussion
11.00am Screening (tbc)
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm The Turin Horse (2011, dir. Bela Tarr, Hungary)
4.00pm Walk
6.00pm Dinner
8.00pm Exhibition (2013, dir. Joanna Hogg, UK)
10.00pm Armenian Essay Films outside & fire.

Sun 15 June
9.00am Breakfast
10.00am Reading and discussion
11.00am Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (2013, dir. Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm A Spell to Ward off the Darkness (2013, dir. Ben Russell & Ben Rivers)
4.30pm Coach leaves
6.00pm Coach arrives at the Star & Shadow Cinema

Ticket Prices

Weekend Pass: inclusive of transport, meals, accommodation, reading material and films:

  • £35 – Bunkbed accommodation (only 14 bunk beds available)
  • £20 – Camping (per person, not per tent, and you need to bring all your own camping equipment)

Single Screenings £5 per film.
Click here to book. Please note that pre-booking is essential.

For further information please email the organisers
dearchristo@gmail.com or

This project has been supported by Film Hub North and the BFI Film Audience Network.

Burnlaw Centre is set within 40 acres of organic pastures, woodland and gardens in the North Pennine hills (link to google map). Available for use all year round, the centre’s focus is a large, light-filled and warm room, used for community events, workshops, conferences and retreats. Accommodation is in bunk houses and bedrooms. There is also a camping and activities field. The centre can be booked for everything from half-day workshops to residential courses. Read more about us or check facilities