The Company of Wolves
A Night Celebrating Angela Carter On Screen
Sun 18 Jun 2017
In collaboration with University of Exeter Dr Anna Watz, Senior Lecturer at the University of Linköping, Sweden presents an evening celebrating the work of Angela Carter, novelist, poet, short story writer & one of the most original voices in the 20th century English literature best known for her feminist, magical realism and picturesque works. Focusing on her screen representation the evening will include 2 screenings followed an informal academic discussion with Dr. Anna Watz and Dr. Felicty Gee.
Dir. Neil Jordan, UK, 1984, 95 mins.
Co-written by Angela Carter and Neil Jordan The Company of Wolves is a retelling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Framed as a dream, Rosaleen disobeys the lesson her grandmother teaches her in the original tale: never trust strangers and never stray from the path. Rather than become the wolfs victim, she kisses him and turns into a wolf herself, choosing personal and sexual freedom over the conventional world of marriage and adult responsibilities that she fears.
The screenplay layers several tales from Carters 1979 short story collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories including The Company of Wolves and The Werewolf. Carter and Jordan, who worked closely together on the script and set, also drew on Carters first adaptation of The Company of Wolves as a play for radio in 1980.
Dir. JoAnn Kaplan, UK, 1991, 27 mins.
Produced by Professor John Ellis, this controversial documentary lays bare Angela Carters taste for the blasphemous and shocking. The Holy Family Album is a sacrilegious take on the history of Christian painting and iconography. Carter re-imagines this tradition as a series of photographs in Gods family album, voyeuristically displaying every moment of family life and simultaneously hiding a few dark secrets. God himself, however, is absent from the photographs, for He is the photographer behind the images, calling the shots as Carter puts it in her voice-over narration.