7:30 PM, 8th April, 2021
** In accordance with ANU COVID-19 safety protocols, all attendees must pre-register before attending screenings. No walk-ins can be permitted under any circumstances, so please register to avoid disappointment. Registration forms will only open two weeks prior to the film's screening date, and will close at 12 PM on the day of the screening. **
Following his 2015 debut horror masterpiece, The Witch, visionary filmmaker Robert Eggers offers up another spellbinding period piece: the tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote New England island in the 1890s.
Grizzled Thomas (Willem Dafoe) is a one-legged, blustering old man of the sea in charge of tending to the light; whilst his assistant, former lumberjack Ephraim (Robert Pattinson), swabs the floors and cleans the muck. When a furious storm keeps them stranded, they pass the time by drinking, fighting, and dancing. Eventually, when the drink runs out, they imbibe turpentine mixed with honey and plunge into hallucinatory mix of dread and despair.
A captivating blend of dark comedy and psychological horror, The Lighthouse is teeming with literary influences and provocative symbolism. It has earned an Oscar nomination for its black-and-white cinematography, along with acclaim for its gripping filmmaking and powerhouse lead performances.