Cinema - The Wicker Man - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

SAMHAIN FESTIVAL 2023: Cinema - The Wicker Man

A puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl, who the Pagan locals claim never existed.

Friday 27th October 2023 | 7:30pm

Admission: €7

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This will be a very special, spooky cinema experience! Costumes are essential and there will be excellent prizes for the creepiest outfit.

When a young girl mysteriously disappears, Police Sergeant Howie travels to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But this pastoral community, led by the strange Lord Summerisle, is not what it seems as the devoutly religious detective soon uncovers a secret society of wanton lust and pagan blasphemy.

The Wicker Man is a 1973 British folk horror film directed by Robin Hardy and starring Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and Christopher Lee. The plot centres on the visit of a police officer, Sergeant Neil Howie, to the isolated Scottish island of Summerisle in search of a missing girl. Howie, a devout Christian, is appalled to find that the inhabitants of the island have abandoned Christianity and now practise a form of Celtic paganism.

The screenplay is by Anthony Shaffer, inspired by David Pinner's 1967 novel Ritual, and Paul Giovanni composed the film score.

The Wicker Man is well-regarded by critics. Film magazine Cinefantastique described it as "The Citizen Kane of horror movies", and in 2004, Total Film magazine named The Wicker Man the sixth-greatest British film of all time.

Directors: Robin Hardy
93mins | UK | 1973 | Cert: 16(IFCO

This event and the Samhain Festival have been made possible thanks to the support from Fáilte Ireland and Carlow County Council under the Festivals, Events and Tourism Venue Fund and the Arts Council of Ireland.

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