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The Wicker Man

Robin Hardy

For every exhibition in our galleries, we offer the artist the chance to choose a film or films to screen alongside it. Clare Woods has chosen three films to coincide with her exhibition Victim of Geography.

Clare says: “All the films I have chosen have a sense of isolation whether that be geographical, mental or social. This feeling of being detached from other people physically or perceptually creates an overwhelming awareness of being with yourself and having to deal with your own reality and reading of a situation.

Disregarded when it was originally released, The Wicker Man was recut against the director's wishes and placed on the bottom end of a double-bill with Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. Forty years later, the film is considered to be one of the finest British horror pictures of all time.

Police Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward), a devout Christian, travels to a remote Scottish island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. The islanders, ruled over by the mysterious Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), mock Howie's attempts to question them about her. He begins to fear that her fate could be linked to their belief that only a sacrifice of the highest order will save their failing crops.