Early Bird Sale
13 Sep 2018, 9am - 28 Sep 2018, 12am
13 Sep 2018, 10am - 27 Sep 2018, 8pm
28 Sep 2018, 12am
28 Sep 2018, 10am
By Paul Wright
“Once upon a time, in the heart of the British countryside, there lived a fair maiden who, try as she might, could not fit into the world around her […] and was told that the answers to all her problems lay within the land around her.”
Director Paul Wright draws from a century of audio-visual archives to construct an extraordinary film essay on the British people’s complex and ever-shifting relationship to the land. Arcadia begins with a voiceover recounting the tale of “a fair maiden” whose search for answers takes the viewer through imagery that characterises the four seasons, which gives the film its structure. The film employs this allegory to illustrate how the British people’s intimate connection with nature—and with each other—have gradually disintegrated: Spring’s pastoral idylls pass into Summer’s village fêtes from Britain’s pagan past, before leading to Autumn’s mechanised depletion of the land and Winter’s political extremism and death.
Arcadia sets a blend of footage from the BFI National Archive, regional archives and British films like Winstanley (1975) to an original score that weaves together new compositions by Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, with Anne Briggs’ folk songs and sounds from nature. The result is a hypnotic experience; visceral cinema that invokes the magic and madness of rural Britain. With this look back at history, Arcadia reminds us that we may yet find a way to (re)write the future.
Arcadia was part of the official selection at the BFI London Film Festival (2017) and the Glasgow Film Festival (2018).
Early Bird Sale
Approximately 79 minutes
Rating / Age Limit
- Rating: T.B.A.
- No admission for infants in arms.
- Admission is subject to tickets and valid IDs produced at the entrance.
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No flash photography or videography is permitted in the galleries.
- Still photography (no flash) for non-commercial use is permitted.
- Photography may not be permitted in the special exhibition galleries.
- Use of selfie sticks and tripods is also not permitted in the galleries.
- No food and drink (including bottled water) is permitted in the galleries.
- Tickets are only valid on the stipulated date, and for one entry.
- Tickets cannot be refunded, sold or exchanged, and are void if altered.
- Concession tickets are only valid for visitors who meet the concessionary requirements.
Through All SISTIC Channels
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Adult
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Senior (with valid ID)
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Student (with valid student pass)
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird NSF (with valid 11B card)
[Applicable from 13 Sep 2018 till 27 Sep 2018]
Paul Wright (b. 1981) studied photography before developing an interest in cinema. After enrolling in Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he was talent spotted by the head of directing at the National Film and Television School and offered a place on its Masters in Directing Fiction course. He won the BAFTA for Best Short for his 2011 work, Until the River Runs Red.