Director: Andrea Arnold

129 mins, UK, 2011, 35mm

This film screened 16th October 2016.

Previously tackled by filmmakers as diverse as Jacques Rivette and Luis Buñuel, Arnold’s terse adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel emphasises its rougher edges, most notably in casting Heathcliff as Afro-Caribbean, adding extra layers to the hostility with which both the character and his relationship with Catherine is met. While less genteel than earlier versions, this film retains the passion of the source material.

Also screening will be the director’s Oscar-winning short Wasp (26 mins, UK, 2003), where a single mother leaves her children to fend for themselves while she meets an old boyfriend.

Screening as part of the Andrea Arnold Retrospective (October 8th-16th 2016).

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