The festival’s film programme is dedicated to showing both filmed poetry (either recordings of past readings or dramatisations of poetry) and the cutting edge medium of the filmpoem. A poetry film, filmpoem or videopoem strives for a symbiotic relationship of images, words, and sound or music. Filmpoems can integrate all of the arts, and may use stills, animation and documentary clips as well as abstract computer-generated graphics and narrative. Our 2020 film programme includes films from Shetland and Scandinavia as part of our Nordic focus, as well as films connecting with our themes of Coast Lines and Due North.
In Maria Björklund’s Tree Ring (Finland, 2012), poetry and nature intersect in Helsinki’s infamous Katri Vala Park.
Roseanne Watt’s filmpoems, including Raaga (Scotland, 2018), celebrate a sense of place while imbuing it with the uncanny.
Marie Silkeberg’s Snow (Sweden, 2015), Your memory is my freedom (2012) and The City (2015) bring the poetry of Ghayath Almadhoun to the screen, interweaving Swedish, English and Arabic, as well as images from Sweden and Syria.
Kyra Clegg’s A Sea Pastoral (Scotland, 2019) is part of a multimedia exhibition on the ocean; the full exhibition can be seen at Kirkcaldy Art Galleries from 30 November 2019 to 15 March 2020.
In Return to Brownsbank by Carolyn Scott and Andy Sim (Scotland, 2019), James Robertson reflects on Hugh McDiarmid’s legacy.