Ruth Wilson excels in Clio Barnard’s atmospheric and layered drama about the old wounds and bitter new grievances that come to light when a woman returns home to settle the tenancy of her family’s Yorkshire farm. Lingering in the background is the sexual trauma she suffered at the hands of her abusive father. Barnard has an acute sense of place and character and this is an assured and atmospheric work that also continues the recent renaissance of British films dealing with rural living.
Listen to our review of Dark River in our February film podcast. It starts at 11.40…
Short film screening alongside this feature film: Beckett
Shot on 16mm, Beckett is a filmic portrait told through expression and metaphor, centred on inhibited masculine emotion and the personal and physical effects of this.
Living in isolation, Beckett struggles to find direction in his life. He acts to change his ways and faces the family he has neglected.
We will be joined by director Clio Barnard and executive producer Lila Rawlings for a Q&A following the screening on Fri 23 Feb at 18:10. This is a Birds Eye View hosted session, chaired by Mia Bays.
Birds Eye View’s mission is to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women. We celebrate our 15th anniversary in 2018 as an agency for change, and are now a year-round campaign, having once been the UK’s foremost film festival for films by women. Birds Eye View is run by industry heavyweights from across the film value chain and have over 25k followers, and is run by Mia Bays, a producer of an Oscar winner and multiple BAFTA nominated fiction and documentary features. We are avid film lovers who celebrate the female gaze in all its different incarnations in an intersectional and inclusive way. All welcome.