Forest Fringe is an organisation run collaboratively by artists Andy Field, Deborah Pearson and Ira Brand. Together we create festivals, host residencies and occasionally commission new work as a way of helping support a large and diverse community of independent artists working across and between theatre, dance and live art.

We are perhaps most well known for the free venue we have run at the Edinburgh Festival for the last 10 years, providing space for new and experimental work within what is otherwise a very challenging commercial environment. Forest Fringe exists outside of any major cultural institution and without regular government subsidy as an attempt to provide artists with agency and community and to imagine new ways of existing together under capitalism.


 

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October 2017

Forest Fringe in London at the Amateurs Club

19 October, 2017, 6:45 pm
Somerset House Studios, River Rooms, Somerset House Studios, New Wing
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Redesigned and recategorized, hemmed in by tower blocks, ribboned with wifi networks, blistered with vagrancy deterrents and anti-skate studs, watched over by pigeons, cameras, community support officers and private security, our public spaces remain the first places in our cities where we go to exercise democracy, to express collective joy, to encounter strangers, to get our bearings or to simply be when we feel the need to wrap the city around ourselves. This decade has given us plenty of opportunity…

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February 2018

Amateurs Club with Daniel Cockburn

27 February, 6:45 pm
Somerset House Studios, River Rooms, Somerset House Studios, New Wing
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Daniel Cockburn is a Canadian filmmaker and moving-image artist whose work deals in language, rhythm, and thought experiments. Cockburn’s shorts have been the subject of an internationally touring retrospective, his feature film script The Engineers received the TIFF Telefilm Canada Pitch This! prize, and his feature You Are Here (2010) played Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, and 40+ other festivals. Called "a major discovery" by the director of the Locarno Film Festival, You Are Here won the Jay Scott Award from the…

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March 2018

Amateurs Club with Jack Tarling

22 March, 6:45 pm
Somerset House Studios, River Rooms, Somerset House Studios, New Wing
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Jack Tarling founded Shudder Films in 2009, which has produced two feature films, ‘God’s Own Country’, financed by the BFI and written and directed by Francis Lee, and ‘Await Further Instructions’, a mystery-sci-fi-horror directed by Johnny Kevorkian and starring David Bradley (Game of Thrones, The Strain). ‘God’s Own Country’ won Best Director in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2017, it then won the Manner Magazine Jury Prize at Berlin, and it won the Michael Powell award for Best British…

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May 2018

Amateurs Club May – Editing, with Immanuel von Bennigsen

22 May, 6:45 pm
Somerset House Studios, River Rooms, Somerset House Studios, New Wing
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Immanuel has been working as an editor and assistant editor since 2006, gaining intimate knowledge of the filmmaking process from world-renowned directors such as Michael Winterbottom, Joanna Hogg and Lone Scherfig. He has since edited over a dozen shorts and three features, as well as been assistant editor on over a dozen feature films.. Immanuel co-wrote his first short film WHITELANDS (Soho Rushes Film Festival 2012), starring Andrew Buchan and Romola Garai, which was subsequently sold to Shorts International for…

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June 2018

Amateurs Club June – Documentary, with Krista Burāne

11 June, 6:45 pm
Somerset House Studios, River Rooms, Somerset House Studios, New Wing
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Krista Burāne is a Latvian artist and filmmaker who creates interdisciplinary projects that switch between various cultural areas – documentaries, theatre, photography and education. As a director, scriptwriter, editor, teacher and photographer, Krista believes that artworks must become an event in people's lives, create new experiences, wake up emotions and thoughts about who and why we are. Krista will be exploring the relationship between fictional and documentary filmmaking through discussion of her films The Fairytale of Empty Space (winner of…

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