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'I have still not given up hope of a short film one day: I have even some rough drafts in my note-book. One of these is a poem by my father, Arseny Alexandrovich Tarkovsky, which he himself was to have read.' - Andrey Tarkovsky


This more extensive course explores the historical relationship between poetry and cinema, short film & artist film-making from Surrealism to David Lynch. We'll be looking at poetic cameos, for example by the poet 'Nonno' in Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana, and Jean Cocteau in Le Testament d'Orphée alongside more contemporary creators of poetic images for camera and performance such as Pina Bausch and Patrick Jolley. The course requires a mobile phone for shooting, commitment to the reading and watching materials and the willingness to experiment. You will be using your phone to film in dialogue with scripted poetry, to develop a series of your own film poems.


This is an eight week online course. When you choose to buy this course, we will contact you after purchase to arrange a time to begin which suits you. You can choose between annotated responses to your poems sent to you via email, or live discussion via google hangouts (a gmail email is free and easy to sign up for).


(Still from 'Burn' by Patrick Jolley)

The Poetry of Film: Long Course

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