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Film Video and Digital Arts Festival

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WHITSTABLE BEACH: The Old Neptune - Saturday 15 September 2012

Saturday 15 September, 51:zero Voyager event in Whitstable at The Old Neptune    

was great, a very lovely evening. Although the temperature was a bit sharp because of the wind, we managed to create a nice cosy atmosphere and people really enjoyed the setting and the location. Mostly they loved the films! (received very nice feedback!). The marquee worked very well and spare sleeping bags and blankets were a thoughtful touch people very much appreciated. 'Live streaming' also added to the experience, as well as the recorded group feedback at the end (it was a bit like focus group meets pub quiz night! but it worked). Lastly, the use of new technology made the film screening easier and effective, people enjoyed the short films and the main presentation Black Sun was a success!

From the filmmakers:   

Gary Tarn wrote to us to say it was great that  Black Sun was still finding new audiences.

Andrew Kotting supports the project and was happy for 'Offshore' to be screened.

Chris Newby allowed us to show 'Metamorphosis' although the film is still in editing stage.

Thank you to all who helped and supported us.

Hope to see you at the next event in Maidstone, Oct 19 and 20.


Screening event on the beach in Whitstable -

Saturday 15 September from 8 –11pm at The Old Neptune Pub, Marine Terrace, Whitstable, CT5 1EJ

8 - 8.45pm 

                  Paraoffelia (Beatriz Sanchez Sanchez) - 8min

        Offshore (Andrew Kötting) - 20min

        Metamorphosis (Chris Newby) - 17min

9 - 10.10pm 

                  Black Sun (Gary Tarn) - 1h 10min

10.10 - 11pm


Additional moving-image and information at the Horsebridge Centre 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF (see plinth at the centre’s entrance)  from  8 - 16 September 2012

51° 21' 31.9019"N       1° 1' 12.4921"E

The sea and the landscape, the challenges we set ourselves and those trusted upon us, physical transformation and adaptation of the mind are the themes explored in this film programme. The untamed environment of the sea faced by the swimmers in their challenge to reach the far shore in Offshore (Andrew Kötting) and Metamorphosis (Chris Newby) is like ‘life’ and a reminder that we are always changing to face new challenges and always finding new ways to grow and adapt. The transformation, in Metamorphosis, becomes a journey through all four elements. In Gary Tarn's film Black Sun physical and mind alteration connect us to the power of the sea which is a metaphor for life's unexpected challenges when a tsunami-like moment changes the way the protagonist lives forever. The contrasting elements in the controlled environment of Paraoffelia’s swimming pool, the slow fluidity of the swimmers' movements, suggest interaction with a deep-sea like environment implying a sense of calm solitude, but it is also where the viewer has room to notice and the filmmaker can concentrate on aesthetic and beauty. 

51:Zero° Voyager project is an initiative by Margherita Gramegna working with Lighten Up. 

51:zeroº Voyager outdoor screening event - with large scale projection on the beach! outside the The Old Neptune Pub featured experimental, award winning documentary and short artist’s films focused on the sea and the landscape, challenges and transformations. The event was part of Whitstable Biennale Festival of Contemporary Visual Art, Satellite programme. 


The films are unclassified but we suggest suitable for over 15.

Please Note: As this is an outdoor event we advise wearing warm clothes and as the pub benches are limited, you are welcome to bring a chair, cushion or blanket! In case of bad weather the event will be held in a marquee at the same location.

Directions to The Old Neptune, Whitstable

MapView Web link to venue's directions on the Locations page 

Coming by car?

 - Whitstable is just off the M2. It is approximately an hour's drive from London, through the Blackwall Tunnel.

Parking - 24hours parking is available a short walk away in Keam's Yard - Island Wall, Shaftesbury Road and Middle Wall with disabled spaces.

By train - 
Trains from London Victoria take around 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can take the Eurostar train from mainland Europe and change at Ashford International. There are no direct trains from there to Whitstable, but the journey takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes (changing at Ramsgate, Margate or Canterbury). The venue is a 10-15 minutes walk from Whitstable train station.

Please RSVP or call 07932 698 209 by Sept 14.


51:zeroº Voyager - Film, Video and Digital Media Arts Festival

A moveable feast of film for Kent

51zeroº Voyager is a is a dynamic festival, with screenings and exhibitions at various locations around Kent and Medway - the name is taken from the geographical coordinates of the area.

The events take place in outdoor spaces as well as non-traditional arts venues.

The 2012 festival travels to Whitstable, Maidstone, Rochester and Chatham with events up until the end of November 2012. 

The Whitstable screening event take place outside The Old Neptune pub with large scale projections facing the sea. The themes running throughout the films featured in the programme are the sea and the landscape, challenges and transformation (see flyer).

51zeroº Voyager presents non-mainstream independent cinema from all over the world, experimental artists' film and video, digital art, sound and live-art events and installations.

Featured in the forthcoming programme are foreign language titles such as White Cat Black Cat by Emir Kusturica for the Medway locations, and artists’ films such as Ivul by Andrew Kotting at the Maidstone venues.

The programme responds to the Kent landscape, heritage, social and cultural undercurrents and the wealth of diversity in the area. The festival offers a platform for artistic talent and a programme of inspiring cultural talks, workshops and film-based exhibitions. 51:zeroº Voyager is designed to appeal to Kent's diverse communities, including those who enjoy challenging and innovative cinema.

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Black Sun, Gary Tarn is available from Second Run DVD