Saved events

Preview: Dark River (15*) + ScreenTalk with Clio Barnard and Tracy O'Riordan

Conversations with Women in Film

A still from Clio Barnard's Dark River

Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant, The Arbor) joins us for a special preview of her searing family drama. After the death of her father, Alice returns home after to lay claim to the family farm.

Following her father's death, casual farm labourer Alice (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. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both are irrevocably lost.

Inspired by Rose Tremain's novel Trespass and combining the poetic realism of The Selfish Giant with a heightened strain of tragedy, Barnard weaves a dark contemporary folk tale out of familial trauma and exploitation.  

We're delighted to host Clio Barnard and Tracy O'Riordan for a ScreenTalk after the film, hosted by film critic Kate Muir.

Tagged with: Cinema

UK 2017 Dir Clio Barnard 89 min

In partnership with Women in Film and TV (UK) and the London Film School

Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time

Proof of ID may be requested on entry to films, in compliance with BBFC ratings

This film is F-Rated. The F-Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a woman, and/or written by a woman, and/or features significant women on 
screen in their own right.


Barbican Cinema 2

See more film for less

Get 20% off tickets and pay no booking fees. Plus, enjoy priority booking and £6 Members’ Screenings of the latest films every Sunday (T&Cs apply)