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Constructing the Wicker Man

AFICIONADOS of The Wicker Man and academics with an interest in cinema will discover some unusual and fascinating takes on the 1973 cult movie in a new book published by Glasgow University's Dumfries Campus in Dumfries.

"Constructing the Wicker Man" is a collection of 11 essays based on papers presented at the first academic conference dedicated to the film, held at the campus in July, 2003.
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FILM BUFFS: Benjamin Franks flicks through a copy of the new book at the launch. With him are (Left to right) Donald Macleod, Belle Doyle, Professor Mark Ward, Lesley Stevenson and Jonathan Murray.

The writers, from a diverse range of disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, history, philosophy, literature and folklore, provide absorbing insights into the complex and contentious film.

The collection explores the movie's many possible interpretations and uncovers aspects never envisaged by even the most dedicated fans - from religion to gender politics, from psychoanalysis to film tourism, from nationalism to cult distinctions.

The book, with the sub-title "Film and Cultural Studies Perspectives", is edited by Jonathan Murray (Edinburgh College of Art), Lesley Stevenson (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) , Stephen Harper (University of Portsmouth) and Benjamin Franks (University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus) who are also contributors.

The film's director Robin Hardy writes a foreward tracing its rise from obscurity to its current fame and cult status and its acknowledgement as "The Citizen Kane of horror films".

At the launch of the eclectic collection at Dumfries Campus, Benjamin Franks, lecturer in social and political philosophy, said the idea for the conference started with a conversation in the university's coffee bar and began to generate.

The Wicker Man seemed a suitable subject as it had been filmed in the area and fascinated more and more people who were making all sorts of connections with it.

He said the inter-disciplinary format met the Crichton's culture of interaction between different fields of study and their corresponding distinctive methodologies.

Dr Franks thanked the many people who had made possible the conference and the resulting publication.

Professor Mark Ward said the conference had also generated a second book to be launched by Luath Press Ltd, of Edinburgh, in May.

  • "Constructing The Wicker Man" (ISBN: 0-85261-818-2) is available from online booksellers Amazon, or can be ordered directly from the University of Glasgow, Crichton Publications at www.cc.gla.ac.uk/layer1/events/wickerman_book.htm or by phoning Maureen Robertson on 01387 702003).

 

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