94 mins – United Kingdom 1973 – Dir: Robin Hardy
Starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee and Britt Ekland
The classic folk horror The Wicker Man – The Final Cut will return to cinemas this Summer Solstice with a series of special one night only screenings that will feature Exclusive 50th Anniversary Event footage screening before the film.
The 50th Anniversary Event took place at Picturehouse Central in London on 1 May and was a star-studded on-stage celebration of the film. Presented by Edith Bowman, the on-stage show included guest of honour, actress Britt Ekland, associate musical director from the film Gary Carpenter, the family of the director Robin Hardy, fans of The Wicker Man: acclaimed writer/actor Reece Shearsmith and chief film critic at The Independent newspaper: Clarisse Loughrey, as well as an exclusive musical performance by Broadside Hacks, covering four tracks from the iconic soundtrack.
In the 50 years since its original release, The Wicker Man has achieved true cult status as one of the most revered horror films in cinema history, despite a difficult production and heavily cut original theatrical release. The search for the fabled missing scenes has only added to the myth surrounding a film that still inspires filmmakers to this day. The Wicker Man was directed by Robin Hardy and has a cast featuring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and Diane Cilento. The film tells the chilling story of a puritan Police Sergeant who arrives on a remote Scottish Island in search of a missing girl only to find the Pagan locals claiming she never existed. The Wicker Man is also much celebrated for its soundtrack, composed by Paul Giovanni and overseen by Gary Carpenter, featuring haunting reworkings of traditional British folk songs.
|Wed 21 June