“In a hidden corner of Bristol is an ancient piece of land. Amidst ley lines and hidden wells, deep underground, old secrets are buried…”
Join us for an expanded cinema screening of the BFI’s newly released folk-horror feature
Arcadia , an experimental, visceral archive experience, scored by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).
Before the screening, explore the wild gardens of Boiling Wells, and discover the secrets hidden within. Then take your seat under the stars in the outdoor amphitheatre, ready to travel through the seasons in this beautiful, brutal, magic and mad portrait of rural Britain.
Brought to you by Compass Presents as part of Encounters Film Festival, in collaboration with Common Ground and Watershed with support from BFI awarding funds from National Lottery.
Where: Boiling Wells is located near the St Werburghs City Farm on Watercress Road, Bristol
BS2 9YJ. After you emerge through the first tunnel and approach the farm, continue straight
ahead along Mina Rd. You experience will begin as you enter the second, spooky tunnel…
Certificate 12A – under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Warning: This event contains nudity
When: Wednesday 26th September
Screenings Starts: 20:30
Screen time: 91 Mins
About the film
“Scouring 100 years of footage from the BFI National Archive, BAFTA®-winner Paul Wright
constructs an exhilarating study of Britain’s shifting – and contradictory – relationship to the
land. Wright (For Those in Peril) crafts a dense poetic essay of wonder, hope, horror and decay – drawing on inspiration from The Wicker Man to Winstanley. Through an intoxicating array of material, we follow an unnamed protagonist from the future as she travels through the
metaphorical ‘seasons’: Spring’s romantic agricultural idyll long gone; Summer’s innocence of a village fête side-by-side with dark earthy folk rituals and eruptions of Britain’s Pagan past;
Autumn’s abandonment of the land, the emergence of urbanisation and the creation of new
towns; and Winter’s political turmoil, extremism and division, as nature reacts with violent
storms. Set to a grand, expressive score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory
(Goldfrapp), Wright’s captivating film essay was conceived before Brexit, but it’s impossible not to see the film through the prism of it.” TRICIA TUTTLE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
There will be a Licensed bar at the event. Please do not bring your own. Bag checks will be in
This is an outdoor event, please wear appropriate footwear and check the Compass Presents Facebook page for updates. Seating will be on grass steps of the outdoor amphitheatre. Please wear warm clothes and bring blankets or cushions if you wish. If you need upright seating please get in contact via firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is largely accessible. Those with access requirements please contact email@example.com.
Parking: There is some on road parking available in St Werburghs however we strongly
encourage you walk, cycle or take public transport.
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