A Brighton Festival 2018 event presented with CINECITY. Part of a series of double bills in which classics of British Cinema from 1968 are paired with a film from another era that shares its radical spirit.
WITCHFINDER GENERAL (15) Dir: Michael Reeves. With: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies. UK 1968. 86 mins. A disturbing tale of evil set during the English Civil War. Vincent Price stars as the corrupt real-life inquisitor Matthew Hopkins, who travels across an otherwise idyllic East Anglian landscape, extracting confessions of witchcraft in a brutal reign of terror. A masterful depiction of the abuse of power and how superstition can be manipulated and exploited, director Michael Reeves died tragically a few months after the film was released aged just 24.
A FIELD IN ENGLAND (15) Dir: Ben Wheatley. With: Julian Barratt, Michael Smiley, Reece Shearsmith. UK 2013. 87 mins. Ben Wheatley’s nightmarish black comedy, set during the Civil War follows a small group of deserters who flee a bloody battle. Lost and hungry, they stumble into a wide field, where an alchemist tricks them into eating a powerful hallucinogenic mushrooms, before forcing them to look for a ‘treasure’ he believes is buried nearby. As they slowly fall victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field, what follows is both eerily beautiful and deeply unsettling.
Carousel presents Lose Your Head UK 100mins.
A Brighton Festival 2018 event.
Oska Bright Film Festival celebrates learning disabled workers in a selection of short films from around the globe. In the slice of life drama Checkout (USA) Kelly is a supermarket packer who knows she deserves promotion. Man Without Direction (Sweden) sees business man Dante lost in a Lynchian nightmare. Oska Bright films show you the world differently; through the eyes and imagination of people who experience it differently.
Oska Bright develops and promotes film from people unrepresented in the industry. It is part of arts organisation Carousel, championing learning disabled creative people in the City for over thirty years.