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An eerie undertow in the countryside
on 14 November 2015
This is a wonderful televised play, originally broadcast in colour by the BBC in 1970 but now released by the BFI in black and white as that is all that now exists. It actually benefits from being in black and white as it adds to the creepy surreal atmosphere and helps locate the story in a time long gone. Excellent acting in this production. As well as being a very worthy addition to the collection of any fan of 'folk horror', this play is also loaded with sub-text regarding just about everything: rural/urban, educated/uneducated, existential void/belief, strict traditional morality/modern women's rights to enjoy carnal pleasure and rights to use birth control and choose abortion. It is very relevant today; it must have been very controversial if not shocking back in 1970! It is a very influential play, too. Think of cult classic 'The Wicker Man'. Actually another film, 'Darklands' directed by Julian Richards in 1996, which many have unfairly critiqued as being 'just a Welsh rip-off of The Wicker Man', is a much closer link to 'Robin Redbreast'. If you love 'folk horror' and anything that is quirky and has an eerie surreal undertow to it then I think you will enjoy this. I'm so happy that the BFI have chosen to release this, otherwise I, and many others, would never have known about this play.