This outdoor event took place in St Werburgh’s, Bristol at the Old Sidings beside Narroways Hill (aka The Tump, Strawberry Hill). Narroways Hill looks over Bristol and has a culture where for many years people have congregated at weekends, partying, picnicing, sitting round fires, listening to music, chatting, drinking and smoking. The night before the Equinox we went up to the hill, to work out where to site the bioskop screen – several dozen people were there watching the moon rise, for what was the largest full moon in eighteen years.
- Illumination of the Earth on the day of the Vernal Equinox
- Why the Wicker Man in St Werburghs ?
- so… where is it?
- equinox flyer
UK Images – Martin Parr
Up The Hill – a short film by Bristol filmmaker Dani Landau set in Narroways. (aka Strawberry Hill, the Tump, the Old Sidings) – the location of tonight’s screening. Up The Hill isn’t available to watch on the internet.
The Wicker Man - directed by Robin Hardy, 1973
It’s very simple, let me show you. In the last century, the islanders were starving. Like our neighbours today they were scratching a bare subsistence from sheep and sea. Then in 1868 my grandfather bought this barren island and began to change things. A distinguished Victorian scientist, agronomist, free thinker. How formidably benevolent he seems. Essentially the face of a man incredulous of all human good…
What attracted my grandfather to the island, apart from the profuse source of wiry labour that it promised, was the unique combination of volcanic soil and the warm Gulf Stream surrounding it. You see, his experiments had led him to believe that it was possible to induce here the successful growth of certain new strains of fruit that he had developed. So, with typical mid-Victorian zeal, he set to work.
The best way of accomplishing this so it seemed to him, was to rouse the people from their apathy by giving them back their joyous old gods and as a result of this worship, the barren island would burgeon and bring forth fruit in great abundance.
What he did of course was to develop new cultivars of hardy fruits suited to local conditions.
Well, to begin with they worked for him because he fed and clothed them but later when the trees started fruiting it became a different matter and the ministers fled the island never to return. What my grandfather had started out of expediency, my father continued out of … love. He brought me up the same way to reverence the music, the drama the rituals of the old gods. To love nature, and to fear it. And to rely on it, and to appease it where necessary.
The Bioskop Presents… Equinox Cinema starts at 9.30pm and will finish at the exact time when winter turns into spring – 11.21pm, Sunday 20th March.
Dress warm and bring a thermos and something to sit on . See you there!
1. Go up Mina Road (St. Werburghs) past the Miner’s Arms.
2. Take the path on the right just after The Climbing Centre.
3. Keep going up the hill on the path til you cross the railway footbridge, then turn left through the gate, and walk up the grassy hill til you see the cinema in the dip.
Illumination of the Earth on the day of the Vernal Equinox…