Meek’s Cutoff Fri 22 — Thu 28 April • Gwe 22 — Iau 28 Ebrill USA/2010/104mins/ctba. Dir: Kelly Reichardt. With Michelle Williams, Shirley Henderson.
On the Portland-Oregon Trail of 1845 a wagon train of settlers take a Native American wanderer hostage and are torn between trusting their curmudgeonly, tall-tale-telling guide whose shortcut seems to have got them lost, and taking a leap of faith with the man who has always been seen as a natural born enemy. The award-winning director of Wendy and Lucy, combines devastating desert landscapes with an intimate survival drama in this stark, original take on the American Western with gripping performances all round.
+ Free Talk Film Course Taster Join Talk Film tutor Claire Vaughan after the screening on Tue 26 April to discuss how Reichardt’s representation of The Old West sits within the genre.
“a Western that reverses the genre’s traditional forms and dynamics to create something new and startling, yet still familiar” Slant Magazine