Film: Dark River (2017)

This season we are exploring landscapes with leading Photographer, Jem Southam, and have arranged a variety of films, talks and workshops to accompany his Exhibition: Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands in The Levinsky Gallery from Fri 18 Jan - Sat 16 Mar.

Join us on Monday 18 March for the screening of Dark River (2017) in the Jill Craigie Cinema. Following her father’s death, casual farm labourer Alice returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years to claim ownership of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. In the intervening years her older brother Joe has been struggling to look after their father and keep the farm from going under. After she returns, a bitter dispute erupts between the siblings over the tenancy of the farm. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both are irrevocably lost.

Inspired by Rose Tremain’s novel Trespass and combining the poetic realism of The Selfish Giant with a heightened strain of tragedy, Barnard weaves a dark contemporary folk tale out of familial trauma and exploitation.

Director: Clio Barnard
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean
Running time: 89 mins
Cert: 15

Ticket information: £6/£4.20/Friends free/UoP students free via SPiA

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