Season of the Witch (15) + short archive film


Season of the Witch (15) + short archive film

Thursday 17th November 2022

Tickets £5 full price/£4 concessions.

Dir. George A. Romero, US, 1972, 104 mins. Cast. Anne Muffly, Ray Laine, Bill Thunhurst.
In Romero’s social satire a middle class 1970s Berkeley housewife (Anne Muffly), trapped in an oppressive marriage and feeling abandoned by her adult children, experiences recurring nightmares. By day, she has affairs and engages with the growing Women’s Liberation movement. After finding that the freedoms of the liberal Californian counterculture mean little for women, she finds new purpose in life by joining a Wiccan coven. Made after Romero’s initial success with Night of the Living Dead, this is a landmark portrayal of contemporary coven witchcraft, with an edgy, almost documentary feel. The heroine’s transition from housewife to powerful witch leads to a shocking but liberating conclusion.

Also released as Jack’s Wife; a very rare opportunity to see this “lost” Romero classic up on the big screen.

+ Short film from The Box archive: The only recorded television interview with Cecil Williamson (founder of the Museum of Witchcraft and a seminal figure in 20th century witchcraft).

The screening will be introduced by Judith Noble.

In Dreams Are Monsters: Season of the Witch

Plymouth Arts Cinema, in association with Pagan Phoenix SW, is delighted to be participating in BFI’s major UK-wide film and events season celebrating the horror genre on screen, taking place from at BFI Southbank and cinemas nationwide.

Our Season of the Witch films, workshops and talks is designed to reclaim the image of the Witch from the Horror genre. We look at the way cinema has portrayed witchcraft. From alluring femme fatale through teen rebels to women finding power and liberation. This selection of films about witchcraft, magic and the dark side provides an interesting take on the changing social position of women over the last sixty years. The films range from a fairy tale about contemporary African witchcraft to romantic comedies and folk horror. At the centre of each film is the character of the witch: magic, but also subversive, dangerous and powerful in different ways. We include cult favourites, rarely seen classics and also two short films.

Co-curated by Anna Navas, Plymouth Arts Cinema's Director, and Judith Noble. Judith Noble is an Associate professor at Arts University Plymouth. Her specialist areas of research are film, surrealism, magic, the occult and witchcraft. Her most recent book is Visions of Enchantment (with Daniel Zamani, Fulgur).

We are delighted to receive funding from the British Film Institute for the Season of the Witch which is part of the In Dreams Are Monsters BFI Blockbuster season. #InDreamsAreMonsters

For detailed information about the film's age rating and potential triggering contents, you can visit the BBFC website and search the film title, then scroll down to the “ratings info” section:

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 Thursday 17th Nov 2022  5:45pm Intro
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