Enys Men

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Director(s)Mark Jenkin
Writer(s)Mark Jenkin
Running Time1HR 31MINS
SeasonMain Programme

A wildlife volunteer’s daily observations of a rare flower take a dark turn into the strange and metaphysical in director Mark Jenkin's follow-up to the critically acclaimed Bait.

Enys Men is a mind-bending Cornish folk horror set in 1973 that unfolds on an uninhabited island off the Cornish coast. A volunteer environmentalist records daily observations about a rare flower growing near the cliff edge. Going about her tasks with meticulous care, the nameless ecologist lives a life of isolation and repetition, her routine only occasionally interrupted by a local man who comes to deliver petrol for her antique power generator. But as changes suddenly appear on the plant she is studying, the boundaries between reality and fantasy begin to blur, plunging the volunteer into a nightmarish dreamscape.

Shot by Jenkin on grainy 16mm colour film stock and with his trademark post-synched sound, the form feels both innovative and authentic to the period. Filmed on location around the disused tin mines of West Penwith, it is also an ode to Cornwall’s rich folklore and natural beauty. 

‘A technical tour de force…a big step up from Bait…intoxicating and intriguing’ - David Jenkins, Little White Lies

Content warning: brief strong sex, self-harm, upsetting scenes, psychological threat. See the BBFC website for more information. 

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