|The Wicker Man|
For all its beauty, the countryside can be a sinister place. Folk legends, myths and characters form the backbone of village life… and death.
Folklore has influenced much music, literature and drama, with Robin Hardy’s 1973 film The Wicker Man being one of the beacons of the genre. The film will be the centerpiece of an expanded event that brings rural myth into place into the centre of Bristol on 23-25 September.
Equinox is described as a ‘pilgrimage’ of folk tales, pagan myths and legends. It is being organised by Compass Presents in partnership with the BFI’s Britain on Film season.
Equinox is an archive film trail in which footage of strange rural happenings can be discovered in the hidden nooks and crannies of the wild gardens of Boiling Wells. Audiences can also expect to encounter questionable characters; pagan headed ushers, naked frollikers in the foliage and wicker-weaving witches along their way.
The archive trail, which uses clips provided by South West Film Television Archive, will culminate in a screening of The Wicker Man in an outdoor amphitheatre.
This event is part of a national programme of film curated to raise awareness of the BFI archives and in particular the BFI player; an online, free to use resource where you can view snippets of archive clips from all over the UK as well as the south west; Tales of Norfolk’s infamous devil hound Black Shuck, the notorious Hobgoblins of the Yorkshire Moors... What will you discover?
Tara Sachdeva, director of Compass Presents said: “Compass are thrilled to be working with the BFI to curate an event for their Britain on Film season. The BFI archive is a vast, rich, untapped resource and we're really excited to be using that resource to present a night of cinema and experience that we hope film fans in Bristol won't forget.”
For more details and to book your tickets visit compasspresents.com
Supported by the South West Film Hub, The Wicker Man will also be screened at other participating venues across the South West.
Compass Presents is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that creates immersive environments, enhanced screenings, and interactive encounters. Over the past nine years it has mixed film, visual art, digital content, music and performance to present art from new perspectives. Its previous cinematic event in Bristol, The Caligari Experience, earned Compass Presents a 2015 Media Innovation Award for best event.