Conversations with Women in Film: Dark River + ScreenTalk with director Clio Barnard

Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre
Conversations with Women in Film
Preview: Dark River + ScreenTalk with director Clio Barnard
11 December 2017
Box Office 0845 120 7527

Barbican Cinema, in collaboration with the London Film School and Women in Film & Television, continues its series of In Conversation sessions highlighting the impact of women in the film industry.

In December, Barbican Cinema screens a preview of Dark River, by the award-winning British director Clio Barnard, who will take part in a ScreenTalk to discuss her latest work ahead of its UK release on 23 February 2018.

Conversations with Women in Film: Dark River (15*) + ScreenTalk with director Clio Barnard
Mon 11 Dec 6.30pm, Cinema 2

UK 2017, Dir Clio Barnard 89 min

Following her father’s death, casual farm labourer Alice (British Independent Film Award-nominated Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years to claim ownership of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. In the intervening years her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley) has been struggling to look after their father (Sean Bean) and keep the farm from going under. After she returns, a bitter dispute erupts between the siblings over the tenancy of the farm, and traumatic memories must be faced in order to overcome personal and practical issues.

Inspired by the novel Trespass, by English author Rose Tremain, and premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Dark River is the second full length fiction film by Barnard, following the award-winning 2013 work The Selfish Giant. Moving away from the urban surroundings that are a backdrop to The Selfish Giant as well as to the director’s 2010 docu-fiction The Arbor, Dark River is an emotionally charged contemporary folk tale exploring the depths of familial trauma and exploitation through a mix of poetic realism and tragedy.

Following the screening, Clio Barnard will take part in a ScreenTalk hosted by film critic Kate Muir.