Last night Bracken, Craig and I attended the Northern Premiere of Spirit of Albion, which is a film based on Damh the Bard’s music. Damh, and the cast and crew were at the ‘official’ premiere down in Crawley. There was talk of a live link up but the technology defeated the organisers, so as we took our seats we were greeted by this ….
There were just over 50 people present at the event which was held in the cinema at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. This town seems to be the hub of Pagan Lancashire and hosts PaganCon every year. I recognised a few druids, although no other OBODies as far as I knew. I think a lot may have been Wiccan – if the fact that they ALL seemed to know the words to Cauldron Born is anything to go by!
When it was time to begin someone pressed play…
Yay! Damh had recorded a message for us ‘People of the North’ *loud cheering*
I hadn’t seen any of the trailers for the film so I didn’t really know what to expect. Basically it is the story of how three young people rediscover the Old Gods when their lives fall into crisis. I did worry at one point that it was turning into a “How to be a Pagan’ guide but my fears were unfounded because actually it does a cracking job of introducing a pagan philosophic view. With lots of emphasis on the importance of the individual’s own experiences and their own personal responsibility. Not only for their own life journey, but for others and for the land. And it the highlighted the importance of respecting the beliefs of others, by recognising the connections between us all. The film had some nice touches of humour which had the audience laughing out loud and which prevented the whole thing becoming too heavy. The actors made a good job of Damh’s songs, the scenery was stunning, and the costumes fantastic. Take a look…..