Mark Vernon: The Dividing Line


The Dividing LineDirector: Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon set about working with the community of Barne Barton commissioned in collaboration with a socially engaged art programme Take A Part. His film explores the dividing space, which this community experiences an unfortunate lack of access to the river and beautifully explains how important it is to these people, layered with archival footage from South West Film and Television Archive.

Barne Barton is a former MOD housing estate: a community suffering from high deprivation, isolated from the rest of Plymouth and cut off from the river by the naval base and MOD owned shoreline. In The Dividing Line, Glasgow based sound artist, Mark Vernon, uses the voices of those living in the area, archive film and spectacular aerial footage of the Tamar to explore these issues. The film celebrates the people, community spirit, green spaces and naval heritage of a remarkably situated housing estate. Also screening as part of this event is Launch, by the Amber Collective, featuring classic archive material from the Newcastle docks.

After the screening of The Dividing Line, we move indoors to the Tamar View Community Centre where there will be the chance to:

  • Learn about community involvement and improvements at Kinterbury Creek
  • Listen to a discussion on the Neighbourhood Plan led by community leaders and an academic from Plymouth University
  • Eat delicious hotdogs and drinks available from Tamar View

So wrap up warm, grab your chairs and blankets, and come celebrate our local community!


The Dividing Line (2014) – a film by Mark Vernon – is commissioned by the River Tamar Project and Take-A-Part. It was made from archive footage sourced from the South West Film and Television Archive with editing and additional footage shot by James Ellwood of Fotonow.


Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon

A sound artist and radio producer working on the fringes of sound art, music and broadcasting, his work is concerned with environmental sound, the power of the disembodied voice and the creation of radiophonic artworks for broadcast and live performance. He has produced programmes and features internationally and has also been directly involved in the creation of several UK art radio stations.


Event Information

Please note that open air cinema venues are subject to capacity restrictions and entrance without a pre-booked ticket is not guaranteed. Please pre-book your ticket and arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

For all open air cinema events, please dress appropriately for the weather. We will endeavour to update on weather conditions through our social media and will make use of wet weather venues, where available. Please note that wet weather venues have lower capacity so entry will be on a first come, first served basis. The wet weather venue for this event is the Tamar View Centre.

Venue Information

Bar and refreshments available at the nearby Tamar View Centre.

Travel Information

Travel to this event by train on the stunning Tamar Valley branchline.
Departs Plymouth 18.23 / Departs St Budeaux Victoria Road 22.55

Bus routes available: 21/21A

Parking: there is limited parking available in the village. We encourage travel by public transport wherever possible.