Reclaiming the Witch
"To reclaim the word ‘witch’ is to reclaim our right, as women, to be powerful. To be a witch is to identify with 9 million victims of bigotry and hatred and to take responsibility for shaping a world in which prejudice claims no more victims." – Starhawk, The Spiral Dance (1979)
The witching hour is upon us this November as we welcome a season of films and talks that celebrate the witch. We invite you to explore the many faces of the witch on film - no longer banished to caves, woods and deserted islands, this is our chance to explore and reclaim cinema's celluloid sorceresses.
Fall under the spell of a veritable cinematic coven: from The Wizard of Oz's iconic Wicked Witch of the West, to The Witches' terrifying Grand High Witch, I Am Not a Witch's little 9-year-old Shula to the witch in training of Kiki's Delivery Service and even Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer giving it their all in The Witches of Eastwick, there's more witchy fun than you can shake a broomstick at.
Want to delve a bit deeper into the witch on screen and look at the inner workings of a character that has captivated and intrigued filmmakers and audiences a like for decades? Don't miss our Exploring The Witch panel discussion (Sun 4 Nov, 14:00).
This season is curated by Thea Berry, a student at the University of West of England who is splitting her time between UWE and Watershed whilst studying for an MA in Curating, mentored by Mark Cosgrove and the Watershed team.