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Film: An Exciting Encounter…

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival returns from the 25 – 30 September, including a screening of the BFI’s latest horror feature in Boiling Wells on Wednesday 26 September.

Compass Presents: ARCADIA is an expanded cinema screening of the BFI’s newly released folk-horror feature, an experimental and visceral concoction taken from deep within the BFI archives and scored by Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory.

Taking place at the Boiling Wells Amphitheatre, located near the St Werburgh’s City Farm on Watercress Road, this unique event begins at 7.30pm, with the screening commencing at 8.30pm.

After emerging through the first tunnel as you approach the farm, continue along Mina Road – your experience will begin as soon as you enter a second spooky tunnel. Before the screening, explore the wild gardens of Boiling Wells and discover the secrets hidden within. Then take your seat under the stars in the outdoor amphitheatre, ready to travel through the seasons in this beautiful, brutal, magic and mad portrait of rural Britain.

Having scoured 100 years of footage from the BFI National Archive, BAFTA winner Paul Wright has constructed this exhilarating study of Britain’s shifting and often contradictory relationship with the land. Wright, who directed 2013’s Those in Peril, has created a dense poetic essay of wonder, hope, horror and decay. Taking inspiration from The Wicker Man to Winstanley, Wright has compiled an intoxicating array of material which sees an unnamed protagonist from the future travel through the metaphorical seasons, set to a grand, expressive score.

“Wright’s captivating film essay was conceived before Brexit, but it’s impossible not to see the film through the prism of it,” says Tricia Tuttle, artistic director for the British Film Institute.

Tickets are priced at £15 (£13 for concessions) and are available through the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival website.

This is an outdoor event, so please wear appropriate footwear and check the Compass Presents Facebook page for updates. Seating will be on grass steps of the outdoor amphitheatre. Please wear warm clothes and bring blankets or cushions if you wish. If you need upright seating please get in contact via hello@compasspresents.com.