In conjunction with the RWA’s exhibition ‘Strange Worlds: The Visions of Angela Carter’, Bristol Film Festival is pleased to present this screening of the BAFTA-winning Gothic fantasy-horror The Company Of Wolves, based upon the short story of the same name and co-written by Carter herself. The event takes place in the Fedden Gallery, and will be introduced by Dr Charlotte Crofts, Associate Professor of Filmmaking at UWE and author of Anagrams of Desire: Angela Carter’s Writing for Radio, Film and Television.
1984 | 18 | 93 mins
The Company Of Wolves draws on fairy tales and werewolf mythology in this dark and surreal story that explores psychology and sexuality. Teenager Rosaleen’s (Sarah Patterson) dreams are haunted by shape-shifting wolves, as she travels through a forest to see her grandmother (Angela Lansbury). However, her encounter with a mysterious huntsman unleashes a chain of events that cannot be reversed. The main narrative is woven with other tales of werewolves, adding to the nightmarishly beautiful feel of the film.
Starring: Angela Lansbury | Sarah Patterson | Micha Bergese | David Warner
Director: Neil Jordan
Screenplay: Angela Carter | Neil Jordan
Producer: Chris Brown | Stephen Woolley
THEY SAY: “It is not a children’s film and it is not an exploitation film; it is a disturbing and stylish attempt to collect some of the nightmares that lie beneath the surface of Little Red Riding Hood […] The movie has an uncanny, hypnotic force; we always know what is happening, but we rarely know why, or how it connects with anything else, or how we can escape from it, or why it seems to correspond so deeply with our guilts and fears. That is, of course, almost a definition of a nightmare.” – Roger Ebert, 1985
WE SAY: To simply call this unsettling film a ‘werewolf movie’ is to do it a great disservice, although it admittedly contains one of the most shocking man-to-wolf transformations in cinema history. Strong cast performances, atmospheric sets and award-winning special effects all contribute to maintaining a dreamlike state throughout the duration. We’re delighted to have Charlotte Crofts introducing The Company Of Wolves, and hope that this screening will win over newcomers to Angela Carter’s work as well as her faithful fanbase.