When it comes to Cult British film Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man stands brighter and taller than most. Even though - if you mention the words The Wicker Man to any film lover for many - the first thing they will recall is Nicholas Cage's fear of the bees from the unsatisfying remake - but made some 40 years ago the fundamental themes addressed by the original Wicker Man are still as chilling and relevant as ever. In fact I can't think of a film in the genre that has stood the test of time as well as The Wicker Man - which is still a great watch in its original format.
I haven't had a chance to see the restored Final Cut of The Wicker Man but have been following Studiocanal's search for missing footage and materials from The Wicker Man over the last year with great interest and eagerly awaiting The Final Cut that will hopefully include lots of previous unseen material as the original version was significantly shorter than director Robin Hardy's original vision.
Well it would seem that the boat has been pushed out for the release of The Wicker Man Final Cut and a series of nationwide events are being held to support the launch of the film and allow as many people as possible to see it in its big screen glory. I am particularly jealous of those that get into the screening at the Curzon Soho that will include a live performance of the joyfully haunting music from The Wicker Man by The Memory Band. Herewith are the details of the The Wicker Man Final Cut release events.
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|COME, IT IS TIME TO KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH THE WICKER MAN...|
|To coincide with the 40th Anniversary restoration and re-release, a series of Wicker Man events will be taking place across the country in the next few weeks...|
|Described by Empire magazine as "The Best British Horror Film Ever Made", Robin Hardy's cult classic THE WICKER MAN stars Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Diane Cilento and Ingrid Pitt. The film was severely cut upon its original|
Director Robin Hardy's atmospheric use of location, unsettling imagery and haunting soundtrack gradually builds to one of the most terrifying and iconic climaxes in modern cinema.
If you're brave enough, there will be several special ways to celebrate the film in the coming weeks ...
The Wicker Man Final Cut will be out in cinemas 27th September 2013 and on DVD/BD 14th October 2013
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
Director: Robin Hardy
Writer: Anthony Shaffer
Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt
Studiocanal are proud to be holding a special UK premiere at BFI Southbank in association with BFI Gothic, to be followed by a Q&A with director Robin Hardy.
Tuesday 17th September, 6.10pm
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XT
Tickets £15 concs £11.50 (Members pay £1.50 less)
Buy tickets online here! Please note that tickets for this have nearly sold out.
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To celebrate its re-release, this special screening of cult classic The Wicker Man will be followed by a performance from The Memory Band, who will play songs from the film.
Friday 27th September, 6.30pm
Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY
£17.50 (members pay £14.85)
Buy tickets online here!
Video: Ben Wheatley compares The Wicker Man to modern day horror films
SHEFFIELD - SPECIAL OUTDOOR FESTIVAL SCREENING SENSORIA FESTIVAL
Sensoria Festival of music / film / digital at venues across Sheffield are delighted to present the Final Cut of The Wicker Man on the first night of its theatrical release in a special outdoor screening. With an introduction by guests from the University of Sheffield.
Friday 27th September, 6:45pm
Furnace Park, Hoyle Street, Sheffield, S3 7EW
Buy tickets online here!
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This GRIMMFEST opening night screening is in conjunction with the BFI Gothic Season with the participation of Xavier Aldana Reyes and Linnie Blake as part of the MMU Gothic Week in Manchester.
Wednesday 2nd October, 7pm
The Plaza Super Cinema, Mersey Square, Stockport, SK1 1SP
£7, not included as part of festival pass
Tickets will soon be on sale here!
Video: The Wicker Man Clip - Sergeant Howie meets Lord Summerisle
LONDON - NOISE OF ART CLUB NIGHT at ELEFEST ELEFEST
On the 40th anniversary of the cult film, Wicker Man, Elefest presents the London debut of Noise of Art's club-based music, film and art show inspired by the 1973 British cinema classic. The event debuted at this year's Latitude Festvial and combines nightclub, cinema, theatre and contemporary dance, accompanied by spoken word performance from stage and screen star Nathaniel Parker - who will be reading passages from Ritual (the book that inspired Wicker Man) selected by its author, David Pinner.
Friday 4th October, 9pm-2am
Elefest Hotel pop up Warehouse and Cinema, 40-42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR
£5 in advance / £10 on door
Buy tickets online here!
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Dust down your best Scottish accent, dress up as your favourite character and come join in with the singing, buttock-slapping and dialogue of this horror classic. Your hosts, David Bramwell and Eliza Skelton will get things warmed up with a little live music, stories and fun, lead you through the actions and lyrics for the songs then, at the Witching Hour, you'll be given a pagan hymn book and goody bag full of surprises, we'll roll the film and may god have mercy on your soul!
Friday 11th October 8.30 for 9pm screening til late
The Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1BN
£12 / £10.50 conc.via the UPP Box Office only
Buy tickets online here! ... or in at the UPP box office
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/648453965173310/
LONDON - IN-STORE SIGNING BY DIRECTOR ROBIN HARDY FORBIDDEN PLANET
Forbidden Planet are delighted to welcome director Robin Hardy, signing the 40th anniversary edition of The Wicker Man. With a host of bonus features, this 40th anniversary double play edition is presented as The Final Cut. Approved by director Robin Hardy, The Final Cut is the finest and most complete version of The Wicker Man ever created.story.
Monday 14th October, 6pm-7pm
London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Ave, London, WC2H 8JR
Free! Although an item is needed for signing and is available to purchase on the night or in advance
Check details online here!
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