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DARKLANDS (DIRECTOR’S CUT)

Director: Julian Richards

U.K.| 1996. COLOUR. DOLBY STEREO. DIGITAL VIDEO. 90 MIN.


Showing here in a more satisfying version re-edited by the director, this impressive first feature by Julian Richards (The Last Horror Movie) is an atmospheric piece for fans who like their horror movies with bite and something to think about rather than just lashings of gore. A combination of The Wicker Man and Rosemary’s Baby treated with a dose of hard-edged realism, Darklands follows journalist Frazer Truick (Craig Fairbrass) as he investigates the mysterious death of the brother of trainee colleague Rachel Morris (Rowena King). His enquiries suggest links between the ‘accident’, a fervent Welsh nationalist politician and an uppity group of Celtic neopagans. As Truick finds himself knee deep in desecrated churches, slaughtered pigs and political skulduggery, the film suggests that Welsh nationalism is a pagan conspiracy founded on blood sacrifice and dedicated to restoring the country’s industrial strength by murder and black magic.

Julian Richards will attend the screening.

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