A screening of the film Zennor, Spirit of Place, will take place at Penwith Gallery, St Ives, on Saturday, 23rd September, from 5pm to 7pm.
This is a change to our magazine listing, which incorrectly gives the venue as the Royal Cinema. The Royal is hosting a showing on Tuesday, 12th September. Tickets to the Penwith Gallery event cost £5 on the door.
The film explores the personal and political dramas which followed the arrival of the disreputable writer D H Lawrence and his German wife Frieda von Richthofen in the ancient village of Zennor during the first world war.
The wild landscape and remote cottages around Zennor became host to scores of infamous artists, poets, eccentrics, and occultists, who lived, loved, and wreaked havoc in this mystical realm. Throughout the 20th century, sublime art was created amid a backdrop of witchcraft, scandalous sexual intrigue, black magic rituals, and Nazi spy rings.
The film is based on a book of the same name by multi-media artist Bob Osborne, who has an interest in the paranormal and the surreal. His often controversial work has been exhibited widely, including two sell-out shows of his Cash is King project at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
The film has been made by Diana Taylor, an award-winning film maker and editor who had a successful 30-year career working for the BBC. She is now an independent film producer, based in Newlyn. Her recent documentaries creatively explored the life of the first world war poet Ivor Gurney and the Cornish artist Helen Feiler.