Land of Lore explores the use of short film in the telling of folklore. With the increased popularity of lore, largely due to the group of folklorists who started #FolkloreThursday, I was looking for a fresh approach to exploring the folklore of my adopted Cumbria, and my native Ayrshire. In collaboration with Bardsea-Green Films, this journey begins.
Film link: Bardsea Green Films on YouTube
The tale of infamous cannibal Alexander ‘Sawney’ Bean, who along with his wife ‘Black’ Agnes Douglas and scores of children and grandchildren, ate their way through one thousand travellers along the south Ayrshire coast.
Bard of Cumberland
The Boggart in northern English folklore is either a type of Goblin, or a malevolent spirit, inhabiting the house, or outdoors in marshland or under bridges. Other names include Bogey, Bogeyman, Hobgoblin, Dobbie. Cumbria has a wealth of Boggart lore.
The Boggart of Leece – an introduction to Boggarts
The Janet Tree – the tale of the knitting witch of Shap.
Dunmail, the Last King of Cumbria
In legend, when Dyfnwal ab Owain, King of Strathclyde was defeated and killed in battle, his body was buried at Dunmail Raise, and his crown cast into Grisedale Tarn for safekeeping.
Additional films include Adam Bell, the Robin Hood of the North, and the Boggart of Graythwaite.
An Ulverston Ghost Story, and The Screaming Skulls of Calgarth. The latter is a famous Lake District ghost story, the screaming skulls of the Crook family, after their wrongful execution by Myles Philipson.
Bedtime Tales is the re-imagining of classic fairytales, all under 1 minute, and generally with a comedic element or alternative ending.
Chapter 1 : Little Red Riding Hood in 53 seconds
Chapter 2 : The Three Little Pigs in 52 seconds
Chapter 3 : The Gingerbread Man in 53 seconds