FolkWeek in focus

11:30 18 April 2014

Sidmouth FolkWeek 2013

Sidmouth FolkWeek 2013

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An independent film company has a cast of thousands to choose from as it captures the characters and stories of Sidmouth FolkWeek’s 60 years.

The producers at Fuel TV are now seeking fans’ footage, photos, memorabilia and personal stories as they compile a major new movie.

They want to tell the story of the festival from the perspective of the people who support it year after year – and can’t do it without them.

Producer Paul Tully said: “Sidmouth is a key festival in the English folk calendar - it has 60 years of stories and we would love the opportunity to get them to the big screen.”

Home movies, photographs, flyers, posters, memorabilia and audio recordings are all archive materials that could be used in this project. Any ‘moving picture’ documentation is of particular interest for the filmmakers.

They want to portray FolkWeek’s numerous highlights and challenges in mounting the renowned event and reflect on the local and national history that unfolded over its lifetime, as well as its many unusual, vibrant, odd, bizarre and brilliant performances. The producers would like contributors to email them in the first instance to sidmouthfilm@gmail.com and info@fueltv.ie.

The film will be shot this year and released early next year.

FolkWeek organisers will be making a similar call for a physical exhibition at this year’s 60th anniversary celebrations at the event from August 1 to 8.

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