Still from Wild In The Streets: football being played in the water.
Wild in the Streets
Slamdance Film Festival
Director: Peter Baxter
Peter Baxter, the current president of Slamdance and one of its founders, revealed his latest documentary in a special screening during the Slamdance 2012 festival. Narrated by Sean Bean, Wild in the Streets focuses on the town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England, built along the Henmore River, where the townspeople have been playing a game called Shrovetide for over 1,000 years. Shrovetide is played for two days each year, Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, over the geography of the entire town, with all of the townspeople as players. The teams are decided easily enough: Those born north of the Henmore are called Up’ards, and those born south of it are called Down’ards. With thousands of people all chasing after one ball, things can get quite intense and injuries–from small bruises to broken bones–are common occurrences. By focusing the majority of the documentary on the people of Ashbourne, and the town itself, Baxter peels past the brutality associated with the game and reveals the true heart of sportsmanship. Wild in the Streets showcases a community to be envious of, with bonds strong enough to last through the ferocity of the game called Shrovetide.
Date: 1/25/12 Time: 5:30 PM Venue: Treasure Mountain Inn, Main Screening Room