To the Edinburgh Filmhouse on Saturday, escaping the rain to attend the opening film of Poetry & Motion, a collaboration between the Filmhouse and the Scottish Poetry Library. There was a full house for the showing of Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World, a documentary of the great American poet made in 1963. The film was like the man himself: witty and charming, with an acerbic edge. The poet was seen in his role as a grand public figure, side by side with President Kennedy, reading and talking to college students, but also living a simpler life on his Vermont farm.
There’s more to come this week: Regeneration - Gilles Mackinnon’s film about the First World War poets, Sassoon and Owen; Jane Campion’s Bright Star is an account of the relationship between Keats and Fanny Brawne; The Gruffalo, based on the book by Julia Donaldson (pictured), who will be at StAnza in March. Another rare gem is Boris Ryzhy a visual elegy for this little known Russian poet (who like Keats died young). The season ends with the extravagant cinematic version of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood with Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor (yes, really) and Peter O’Toole. For more details about the programme, click here.