The Jersey Branchage Film Festival (22-25 September) is shaping up very nicely indeed. See below for the recent music-orented announcement the festival has made, and rest assured we'll tell you all about the film side of things shortly. If you simply can't wait, visit the official website for more info and to book tickets.

It all looks pretty darned awesome, and reminds me of our now defunt Not So Silent Film Nights, albeit on a much grander, more impressive scale. Pat yourself on the back and enjoy your fond memories if you know what I'm talking about.

NEW COMMISSIONS & LIVE SOUNDTRACK EVENTS:

Rob Da Bank will be coming to the island to create a live soundtrack to the 1933 version of King Kong. UK post-electronica outfit Teeth Of The Sea will be bringing Doomsday upon us with their newly commissioned live visual remix of Neil Marshall’s apocalyptic vision.

An animation event featuring the songwriter and harpist Serafina Steer performing a newly commissioned score to brother Sam Steer’s fairytale animations – including a brand new film made especially for the festival. This work is supported by funding from the PRS for Music Foundation.

Artist and filmmaker Fritz Stolberg will create a multi-screen film installation using Super 8 treasures gathered from the Jersey archive and the attics of Islanders. Folk musicians This Is The Kit will create a soundscape accompaniment, to be performed alongside the installation.

Another Branchage commission, celebrated virtuoso cellist Gerard Le Feuvre will perform to Around Cape Horn, the spectacular footage shot by Captain Irving Johnson during his 1929 rounding of Cape Horn aboard a square rigger vessel. Le Feuvre has based his accompaniment to Johnson’s vast seascapes on Carl Vine’s epic composition ‘Inner World’.

The festival will close with Simon Turner Fisher and guest musicians performing his soundtrack to The Great White Silence – Herbert Ponting’s breathtaking 1924 footage of Captain Scott’s last, tragic Antarctic expedition.

FILM SCREENINGS:

Sound It Out – Jeanie Finlay’s portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside will be shown in one of Jersey’s own independent record emporiums.

Benda Bilili! - Set to an irresistible soundtrack of Congolese Rumba, the musicians of Staff Benda Bilili struggle with life on the harsh streets of Kinshasa as they create their first, phenomenal album.

The Beat Is The Law - new feature documentary from Eve Wood which follows Pulp and other Sheffield natives through the politically-charged 80s and the ecstasy-fueled 90s.