Falconry, H Is For Hawk, and Powell & Pressburger.

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After recently finishing Helen Macdonald’s excellent book, H Is For Hawk, a number of connections and synchronicities emerged that all seemed in some way to tie in to its various chapters and ideas.  Whilst many of these were of a … Continue reading

The “Urban Wyrd” In Folk Horror.

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One of the key criticisms of the Folk Horror Chain is its emphasis, both in argument and in evidence, upon the rural landscape and its various elements.  While the key works of Folk Horror cinema seem to broadly use rural, … Continue reading

Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970) – Duality Through Sound and Vision (Part 3).

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Part 1. Part 2. Belief And Ritual. The power of belief and its will in the distortion of reality is one of Valerie‘s more crucial cinematic aspects.  This isn’t simply a belief in the sense of a religious doctrine and … Continue reading

Death And The Urban Landscape Of Herostratus (1967).

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In spite of many British films in late 1960s playing along with the optimistic idea of the counter-culture, free loving dream, several films from era stuck out for their adherence to the harsher reality of late 1960s, urban life.  This … Continue reading

Trailer – Holloway (Robert Macfarlane).

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Above is the trailer for the film that I have been working on with Robert Macfarlane.  Only recently, upon reading a Wikipedia entry no less, did I discover that it is an adaptation of a “Sunday Times best-seller”.  Perhaps it … Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes (1964-65) – BFI.

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On the sleeves notes of the new release of the BBC’s 1964-65 series of Sherlock Holmes adventures, it is suggested that the series is “Regarded by many to be the best incarnation of the Baker Street sleuth…”.  Within further, more … Continue reading

Questioning Nostalgia In Folk Horror.

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As the Folk Horror canon expands into more forms of media and territory, the Folk Horror Chain becomes less useful as a tool for looking at thematic material.  This is partly due to it being derived as an idea from … Continue reading

Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970) – Duality Through Sound And Vision (Part 2).

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Part 1. Innocence and Sexuality. As already suggested, Valerie is first and foremost about the links, barriers and cross-over between innocence and sexuality.  Whilst some characters (for example, the religious fundamentalists), believe there to be a strict differentiation between the … Continue reading

Interview With Jeremy Burnham (Children Of The Stones, 1977).

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Alongside Trevor Ray, Jeremy Burnham co-created the fantastical Folk Horror drama, Children Of The Stones (1977). Now considered a key text in 1970s Folk Horror and possibly one of the scariest programs ever conceived for children, I caught up with … Continue reading

Death and Landscape in Drowning By Numbers (1988) – Peter Greenaway.

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In Henri David Thoreau’s influential work, Walden (1854), he speaks of many elements of the natural landscape and the deeper meaning within it.  Tying into the first movement of transcendentalism, Thoreau’s was one of a number of works that sought … Continue reading