Humans generally love documentaries, even ones that are 30, 40 or even 50 years old, and if the information is completely out-dated, they’re still sort after. Especially witchcraft and paganism related documentaries. For some reason, I prefer watching the older ones that came out in the 60s or 70s more than recent ones.
As Wicca was new in the days of Gardner and Sanders, the older documentaries are in reality ‘a beginner’s guide’ to 20th century Witchcraft, Wicca, and Paganism – and are often for the public rather than the witches. They have an enchanting elegance and charm, a few posh English accents, and a view into the past as it was for the Wiccan forefathers. Even then, a lot of the things said in these videos are bollocks/out-dated/unimportant.
Here are some old documentaries relating to this topic of witchcraft, paganism, goddess worship and wicca. If anyone knows of anymore documentaries, reply in comments.
1. The Occult Experience (1985)
A documentary of Australian Occult, later put into a book by Nevill Drury. It stars Janet Farrar, Selena Fox, and Margot Adler, to name a few.
2. Women and Spirituality: The Goddess Remembered, The Burning Times, Full Circle (1989, 1990, and 1993)
A trilogy of Canadian documentaries, ‘Women and Spirituality’ of Goddess worship, and witch-hunt history. All just under an hour each, the trilogy contain different topics that parallel each other. Here are two of them.
3. Legend of the Witches (1970)
Delightful black and white documentary, it follows Alex Sanders and his coven.
4. The Power of the Witch (1979)
In this, you hear Doreen Valiente and Eleanor Bone using very posh English accents. Investigated by the hip Michael Bakewell, who also looks into the suspicious murder of Charles Walton during this documentary. Check out the hilarious exorcism at 43.45 mins into this youtube video.
5. Witchcraft Yesterday and Today (1990)
Raymond Buckland’s video opens with a sunny garden scene, the tune of John Barleycorn playing in a renaissance fayre kind of ritual. Then, like all the other documentaries, gives a history of the Craft, and of polytheistic worship. Raymond sits and talks a lot beside a nice 80’s style indoor fern. It’s almost just as easy to just listen to him talk rather than watch the documentary.