30th Nov 2016 1:00pm-2:00pm
Edwards Street, Room 102
School of Media Film and Screen Studies
Open Lecture: Douglas McNaughton (Film and Screen Studies)
The folklorist George Ewart Evans (1966) suggested that British culture is marked by ‘the pattern under the plough’, referring to the way in which the contemporary landscape is shaped by ancient agricultural practices. The customs which took place in these landscapes also persist into the present day.
Reflecting this idea, a corpus of ‘folk horror’ emerged in late 1960s British cinema, and the tropes of this wave transferred from cinema into television drama throughout the 1970s. This lecture examines some key examples of this televisual folk horror cycle, and sets them in their historical context to explore the ways in which they work through anxieties about technological and social change in 1970s British culture.
All staff and students welcome