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Now You See Me (Changing Times: Women's Histories)

The Falling + Maxine Peake Short Film

Fri 26 Apr, 7:30pm at Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £7-£5 , approx running time: 102mins + Short Film

Age: 15

Director: Carol Morley

Country: UK

Year: 2014

Cast: Maxine Peake, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh

This event also features a pre film screening of the new Maxine Peake Short film, Time Away.

A brilliant and unsettling drama, set in 1969, at the time of the moon landings, The Falling blends a sense of magical wonder with emerging sexual awareness, set against the domestic claustrophobia and oppressiveness of family life.

At the centre of the story is a mysterious outbreak of collective fainting amongst pupils at a strict all-girls high school. Two teenage friends, Lydia (Maisie Williams) and Abbie (Florence Pugh) appear to be orchestrating the mass hysteria as a kind of rebellious act. Usually affecting groups of females, the phenomenon of mass psychogenic events is still underexplained, but it is a topic that has interested Carol for some time. Her short film The Madness of the Dance, which she made in 2006 with Maxine Peake, revealed a number of cases of this throughout history.

As the girls experience shared moments of rapture in the school halls and in the foggy English countryside, Lydia’s fraught mother (Maxine Peake) must decide how much Lydia needs to know about their troubled family’s past. Also of note is the extraordinary music that Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl) created for the film, using school instruments.