John Boorman’s extraordinary, revisionist take on Arthurian legend boasts a silver Camelot, an eccentric, skull-capped Merlin and a thickly west country-accented King.
Arthur Pendragon, bastard son of Uther, is as surprised as anyone when he pulls the legendary sword from the stone and is crowned King of England.
Mentored by the mysterious wizard, he grows as both man and leader, and the health of the country becomes indistinguishable from his own.
Unashamedly patriotic, this paints a picture of an England both delicate and brutish. And as Orff’s O Fortuna crescendos majestically, the heart lifts and the fire of national pride burns bright.