A Vast Shadow House: David Lindsay's Vision

Louise Milne (Producer), Seán Martin (Director)

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An essayistic documentary, A VAST SHADOW HOUSE is centered in and around the life and work of Scots-born fantasy writer David Lindsay (1876-1945), author of the classic fantasy novel A Voyage to Arcturus (1920). This unforgettably strange interplanetary fantasy inspired C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and Phillip Pullman, among others. Lindsay was haunted by visions of a higher world, hidden behind mundane reality. Deeply affected by the losses of WWI, he left a secure career in London’s City to become a writer. In each of his novels, the protagonist finds glimpses of the transcendental in liminal places: the cliffs of the Scottish North Coast, the tors of Dartmoor, a time-window at the top of a haunted house... To illuminate and explore Lindsay’s vision, the film takes us on a cinematic journey through the otherworldly landscapes of his imagination, using spectacular aerial shots, together with archival and super-8 footage. Featuring interviews with writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell), Douglas A. Anderson (one of America’s leading Tolkien scholars), Harold Bloom (literary critic, gnostic), Gary K. Wolfe (SF critic), and others.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLanterna Magicka Films
Media of outputFilm
Size60 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2022
EventMaine International Film Festival: World premiere screening - Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville, United States
Duration: 8 Jul 202217 Jul 2022


  • documentary film
  • David Lindsay
  • visions
  • dreams
  • fantasy fiction


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