Friday, October 02, 2009

Certificate 18?

Some poems and films by poets with a few poets and Q and A on Tuesday Oct 6th at 6:15 pm at Curzon Renoir Cinema in London.


More For Less – Sonal Sachdeva

Martin and Alf have been living over the past few years as Freegans, living from the excessive waste generated by people & supermarkets. In a way they have chosen to go against the societal norm of having steady, paid jobs and yet survive well by not participating in the process of earning money and adding to the burden of existing over-consumption in western society, which creates far more throwaway waste than we can handle. Taking this stand leaves them more time to interact with members of the public. They have taken this to the next level by walking around London for 7 days with the strong conviction that by helping and serving people, and not worrying about where their next meal comes from, one truly begins to live.

Director Sonal Sachdeva will be talking about Martin and Alf, her anti-capitalist heroes, after the screening.

La Sonnambula – Marco Sanges and Alberto Bona

The heroes are Hitchcock, Rachmaninov, Bunuel and Dali.
The heroine is Madame de Pompadour.
Bellini's opera is unrelated.

The Man Who Met Himself – Ben Crowe

Ben Crowe left his job, bought a Super8 camera, and made this film, which was nominated for the Palme D’Or at Cannes 2005. A mysterious call, a photograph of a man, and a private detective compelled by the one case that finally got to him. On a stark but brilliant day in London, Austin Petersen takes a job from an anonymous client, a job he knows he should refuse. What happened to Stephen Maker? Did he fake his own death, or do doppelgangers really exist?

Bound – Ben Crowe (World Premiere)

During a train journey through the English countryside a passenger is wrapped in the everyday mystery off remembering: his childhood home, a loving family and the future that awaits. The film is a eulogy of sorts and was inspired by the spaces, shapes, smells, objects, colours, patterns and sounds of “home”: all are fragments of a journey from childhood to adulthood to a vision of old age. The film is a commingling of pasts, presents and futures within a loving family and a changing world. We are always plural and social; our stories already written in part by the mistakes and failures, aspirations and sacrifices of earlier generations. Ben Crowe chose the title to suggest that to be “bound” is not to be “captured”. The film also draws on Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space and Rilke’s “The world is large, but in us it is as deep as the sea.”

Je Suis Ici – Ben Crowe & Preti Taneja

Je Suis Ici is inspired by being on holiday in the south of France and the slight mismatch between expectations and reality. Poet Sophie Mayer wrote a poem in response to the film which she will perform after the screening.


Poetry performance from Sophie Mayer.

Sophie Mayer is a writer and educator. She studied and taught English literature and film studies at the universities of Cambridge and Toronto, and taken part in the poetry performance and publication scenes in both of those cities, as well as in London, where she now lives. Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman, 2009) is her first solo collection.

Poetry performance from Luke Heeley.

Luke Heeley won the Eric Gregory Award from Society of Authors in 2002, and has published in a number of magazines and e-zines, including The Wolf Obsessed with Pipework, Boomerang and The Poem ( His work has also been included in Anthologies: Reactions 4 (pen&inc press) and Phoenix New Writing (Heaventree Press). His last work is London Trip-Tych, a film poem.

Poetry performance from John Stiles.

John Stiles is the author of the poetry collections, Scouts are Cancelled (Insomniac Press, 2002), and Creamsicle Stick Shivs (Insomniac Press, 2006), as well as the novels, The Insolent Boy (Insomniac Press, 2001) and Taking the Stairs, (Nightwood Editions, 2008). Featured on CBC's 'Q', Much Music, and TVO's 'Imprint', John has also written for The Globe and Mail and The Literary Review of Canada, amongst others. John and his poems are the subject of a documentary film, Scouts are Cancelled .

Q&A with the participating directors and poets.
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