Initiated in 2007, the festival's film programme is dedicated to showing both filmed poetry – either recordings of past readings or dramatisations of poetry – as well as the cutting edge medium of poetry film. A poetry film or videopoem strives for a symbiotic relationship of images, words, and sound and/or music. It can integrate all the arts – drama, dance, music, graphics and documentary elements. Some of the best poetry films and videopoems use stills, animation, documentary clips as well as abstract computer-generated graphics and narrative.
As part of our filmpoem selection for 2018, we’ll be showcasing films and writing created as part of the Mansio project, which commissioned and celebrated new work from writers, artists and thinkers responding to stones and stories around Hadrian’s Wall. The outcome includes poems by Hollie McNish, Lemn Sissay, Colette Bryce and Daljit Nagra.
We’ll also be screening Hopscotsch, a filmpoem which responds to racism, sexism and Islamophobia on the street. Based on Nadine Aisha Jassat’s spoken word piece of the same name and directed by Roxana Vilk, the film was executive produced by AMina – MWRC and supported by Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre.
In association with Hexham Book Festival and Arts&Heritage, who delivered the Mansio project, with the support of Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council