This article contains plot twists. Harold Pinter's The Lover was a script first publically showcased as a television play in March 1963[i] before it went on for a theatre run a few months later starting from September that year. As a model of how Pinter plays on words and the natural duel meaning found explicitly within … Continue reading Communicative Reality in The Lover (1963) – Harold Pinter.
The relationship between myth and ritual has been often debated within anthropology ever since its Victoriana days of enlightened scientific thinking through the prism of evolution and the birth of mechanisation and industrial blight. The idea of returning to the "primacy of ritual", where whole belief systems stem as a result from repeated actions or … Continue reading Ritual And Identity in Penda’s Fen (1974) – Alan Clarke.
Part 1. Part 2. The Eeriness of Landscape Entities. The final aspect to assess is the natural eeriness created from putting an object within a landscape; here, it is the context of such an action and implications of the aesthetics that is key. When Hepworth's work is situated in the landscape, two things can occur. … Continue reading Uncanny Portals And Standing Stones (Children Of The Stones, The Owl Service and Barbara Hepworth) – Part 3.
A few years back, whilst on holiday in Norfolk, I began exploring some of locations used for the BBC's famous M.R. James adaptations, specifically for Lawrence Gordon Clark's adaptation of A Warning To The Curious (1972). Though I had been far from thorough in this escapade (I completely missed the film's most iconic structure in … Continue reading Walking “A Warning To The Curious” (M.R. James).
Part 1. Portals, Dimensions and Time. For Barbara Hepworth the process actually began in Yorkshire, and Cornwall is the second and last English phase of a basic topographical emotion which is no longer a matter of geography but one of the mind and creation. Neither is it any longer a matter of feeling for landscape … Continue reading Uncanny Portals And Standing Stones (Children Of The Stones, The Owl Service and Barbara Hepworth)- Part 2.
Introduction. The building of form within the space of landscape has become a common occurrence in sculpture for a number of years now. The moving of artistic forms out-of-doors provides so many new potential contexts that it seems almost puerile to suggest so. One aspect of particular interest is when these new forms of Earthologistic sculpture … Continue reading Uncanny Portals And Standing Stones (Children Of The Stones and Barbara Hepworth)- Part 1.
There seems to be an overt connection between analogue recording technology (of both the visual and aural varieties) and the narratives surrounding paranormal activity in 1970s British fantasy television. Of course, there are no doubt connections between the interest in such activity (with the genuine events surrounding the Enfield Haunting for example, recently made into … Continue reading Analogue Ghosts of the 1970s And Hauntology.
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 landscape aesthetics and practice to set and conjure their horror, by setting up such a … Continue reading The “Urban Wyrd” In Folk Horror.
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 detailed essays in the accompanying booklet, the opinion seems to be one that is shared; … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes (1964-65) – BFI.
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 one medium and one that is explicitly narrative based. Yet, some of its ideas can … Continue reading Questioning Nostalgia In Folk Horror.