(2018) 82 mins
Director: William McGregor
Writer: William McGregor
Cinematography: Adam Etherington
Production Design: Laura Ellis Cricks
Music: James Edward Barker
In the stark beauty of 19th Century Snowdonia a young girl, Gwen (Eleanor Worthington-Cox), tries desperately to hold her home together. As she struggles with the mysterious illness that has taken hold of her mother (Maxine Peake), her father’s absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land, a growing darkness begins to take grip of her home, and the suspicious local community turns on Gwen and her family.
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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.
“William McGregor’s debut feature is an eerie hybrid of gothic drama and social realism. It comes on like a chilling mystery-horror in the tradition of The Innocents, as a string of calamities befall a woman and her two daughters fighting to keep their farm in 19th-century north Wales. Is some kind of ghostly phenomenon at work? Or, isolated and alone, are the women slowly going mad? McGregor adds a further layer of ambiguity with the possibility that this is a story about female oppression and the struggle of the poor.” The Guardian
“McGregor successfully weaves witchcraft-like portent into a corporeal tale of survival at the sharp end of the second industrial revolution, often captured in near-dark by crafty cinematographer Adam Etherington, but leaving numerous questions unanswered. Nevertheless, Gwen gets by on atmosphere, ambiguity and swinging barn doors.“ Radio Times