Bridport Arts Newsletter
Film Monday 5 November, 2018 7:30pm

Arcadia (12A)

+ Q&A with producer Adrian Cooper and Martin Maudsley

Directed by: Paul Wright
Runs for 1h 18m

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BAFTA-winner Paul Wright constructs an exhilarating study of the British people’s shifting — and contradictory — relationship to the land.

The film goes on a sensory, visceral journey through the contrasting seasons, taking in folk carnivals and fetes, masked parades, water divining and harvesting. Set to a grand, expressive new score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) alongside folk music from the likes of Anne Briggs, Wright’s captivating film essay captures the beauty and brutality, and the magic and madness of rural Britain.

After the screening of Arcadia, Martin Maudsley will be hosting a lively Q & A and discussion asking whether tradition – in film and music, in farming and storytelling – is good for us.

Bridport storyteller Martin Maudsley will tells us why he is hosting a screening of the film HERE

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Dinner & show offer

Enjoy an evening at Bridport Art Centre’s Pantry Restaurant.

*A pre Show Supper is available with this event* 

The menus will be published alongside the event two weeks before the show. Vegetarian options available.

There will be an option to add your supper to your cart when you book the event. 

£14.95 two course /£17.95 three course 


“No story. No characters. No drama. No narrative … Arcadia is great, ineffably compelling”


“Arcadia is a seductive piece of work . . . a rich and strange piece of music.”


An exhilarating audio-visual journey”


“Arcadia is like a revolutionary document . . . Here is aboriginal Britain. You thought it was gone beneath a deluge of motorways and malls and screens and engines and scurrying human feet. Much of it is. But what remains? What remains, and what will you do with it?”


“One of the most intriguing horror-themed films came from an unexpected source. For Those in Peril director Paul Wright returned with Arcadia, which repurposed rural-themed films from the BFI national archives into a disturbing Wicker Man-inspired cine-essay exploring our dark relationship with the countryside. It was a further sign in the festival that the most interesting Scottish filmmakers were the ones willing to innovate with form.”

THE SCOTSMAN (Glasgow Film Festival Round-up)

“There is magic in this film”