Saturday 4th May: WANDSWORTH ARTS FRINGE FESTIVAL – The River Wandle: Urban Waterway

18 Apr


As part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival, Passengerfilms have put together a collection of short films celebrating and exploring urban waterways and the River Wandle.

Join us for Animation, Abstraction and Archive footage, screened on the banks of the Wandle with Unorthobox to mark the opening night of the Fringe. We’ll be looking at the creatures that live in the water, the history and industry on the banks, the science of how and why urban waterways are so important for our drinking water and as a place to experience nature and find inspiration on our doorstep.

The evening also includes a dazzling mix of physical theatre and installations and performances fom Yael Karavan and Bruno Humberto aka. Boris and Boris. And the Wandsworth Festival Team are already busy building a bar on the open air site especially for this event!

Films include:
The Hidden Life in Pond Water
Daniel Stoupin, 2013
“We don’t need to dive into the deep ocean to find the most unusual lifeforms. This short film is a journey into a bizarre world of microscopic inhabitants of pond and river water.”

Marina Nikitina, 2013
Marina Nikitina is currently studying painting at Central Saint Martins College of Art. Having recently expanded her painting and drawing into animation, her work brings to mind microscopic cellular structures as well as huge storm swept landscapes.

Mills of the River Wandle
Courtesy Wandle Industrial Museum
With a fall of 38 metres and a length of 12 miles, the Wandle is a very fast flowing river. This made it suitable to power watermills, which it has done since Roman times. A wide range of different industries used water-power in their manufacture including mills producing paper, gunpowder, iron, dyes and copper, snuff, leather, drugs, peppermint, oil mills (such as lavender oils), calico and silk.

H2 Oh No!
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that strives to demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact local communities. In this short film we learn about New York City’s urban waterways.

Britta Johnson, 2011
This stop-motion animated film follows large drops of water as they travel through rocks, ferns, plant roots, microbes and other creatures that naturally clean them.

The Last Days of Young’s Brewery at Wandsworth
Wandle Industrial Museum, 2006
The earliest mention of commercial brewing at the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth is in 1581 in the reign on Queen Elizabeth I. Brewing continued on the site and in 1832 the Young family acquired the brewery. They continued until 2006, when this film was made, and now the site, with its many listed buildings, is awaiting redevelopment.

Wandsworth Arts Festival: The Festival Hub
8pm, Saturday 4th May 2013
Wandle Triangle, Wandsworth High Street SW18 4LB

Tickets £5 – BOOK NOW


2 Responses to “Saturday 4th May: WANDSWORTH ARTS FRINGE FESTIVAL – The River Wandle: Urban Waterway”

  1. kelise72 May 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi Passenger Films,

    I saw the film set at Unorthobox Saturday 4th May at Wandsworth Arts Festival. I’m writing a blog post about the event, and mentioned one of the films. Who is the filmmaker of the film that showed snapshots of him (or her) walking along the Wandle Trail? I don’t see it on the list above. Thank you!


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