By Michelle Paver
Here’s a truly unsettling ghost story.
London, 1937. A four-man scientific expedition to the Arctic recruits Jack as their wireless operator – it’s through Jack’s journal that the story is told. There are tensions within the group – upper-class Gus, Hugo, Teddy and Algie look down on Jack’s more lowly background, but he is determined to take advantage of the opportunity to prove himself the scientist he longs to be. Before the expedition sets off, Teddy has to withdraw. The remaining four continue with their arrangements to overwinter in the abandoned mining settlement of Gruhuken in Spitsbergen.
This is a strange and compelling film. The director, Charlie Lyne, has selected clips from horror films from the last 100 years and put them together with a female voice over (Amy E Watson) in order to explore the nature of the fear we experience through cinema. Continue reading
Imagine: an early summer day in the country, and you’re enjoying a view over a golden landscape dotted with the vibrant colours of wild flowers. The sun is warming your back and a light breeze eddies through the long grass. You’re rambling along the edge of a field, listening to the birdsong from the hedgerow, contentedly daydreaming about the lazy afternoon ahead.
But now – you have to climb a wooded hillside. You pass under the trees, and the canopy blocks the sunlight. No birds sing here, and the air is still. You venture forward, but you can’t make out a path. You turn to the right and then the left. It’s not clear which way you need to go. You feel a little anxious, and suddenly sense that someone is watching you. Continue reading