Scouring 100 years of footage from the BFI Paul Wright constructs an exhilarating study of Britain’s shifting relationship to the land.
Wright 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’: 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.
Before Arcadia we are screening the Northern Irish short film The Erkling;
A young couple’s burgeoning love for each other grows into something darker, when they face a malevolent entity that lives in the woods. Christopher Whiteside and Madeline Graham are the co-creators of The Erlking, which they self-funded. For the last four years, the pair have collaborated on several short films and art exhibition projects together. Their background is in fine art, having both studied Fine & Applied Art at University of Ulster, where they discovered they shared a passion for film making and have been following the dream of a career in the industry every since.