Advance Preview: DARK RIVER + Clio Barnard Q&A

18 December 2017


Thur 25 Jan 7pm | Duke’s at Komedia
Dir: Clio Barnard. With: Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Joe Dempsie, Sean Bean. UK 2017. 89 mins.

CINECITY is thrilled to present a very special advance preview of Dark River, followed by an in-conversation between director Clio Barnard and fellow filmmaker and festival-favourite Andrew Kötting.

The third feature from Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant) is a brooding and emotive tale of family loyalty and betrayal. Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to the family farm after her father’s death, intent on claiming her inheritance. Her brother Joe (Game of Thrones Mark Stanley), who had been caring for their father up until his death, does not welcome her home warmly. Years of silence have estranged them, while Alice’s determination to claim legal tenancy further sours their relationship. Tensions swell as secrets are unearthed, bookended by P.J. Harvey’s interpretation of the folk song An Acre of Land.

Barnard originally conceived the film as an adaptation of Rose Tremain’s novel Trespass, which concerns family dynamics in rural France. Transplanting the bones of the story to Yorkshire, Dark River is the latest in a string of recent British films which engage with the rural landscape and stands out by the strength of its performances and Barnard’s distinctive eye.

This will be the second time CINECITY welcomes Clio to Brighton: back in 2015, as part of the legendary Agnès Varda’s curation of the Brighton Festival film programme, we invited her for a Q&A following a screening of her first feature, The Arbor, an extraordinary blend of documentary and narrative filmmaking.

Andrew Kötting is an artist and film-maker, whose work has been shown at Tate Britain, ICA and NFT. He has been working since the ‘80s and as well as performances, installations and publications, he has made over one hundred film and video works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and awarded prizes at a number of international film festivals. Kôtting’s work has been featured by CINECITY numerous times, most recently in 2016, with his latest project, Edith Walks.

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