In December 2016, I was invited to run a two-day workshop exploring poetry film with the TOGETHER! Disability Film Club in West Ham, London.
This was a two-day workshop for disabled artists and filmmakers, and was hosted by the TOGETHER! Photographers and Filmmakers Club at the Grassroots centre in Memorial Park West Ham. The workshop was co-facilitated by Julie Newman (Together! 2012), Ju Gosling, (TOGETHER! Festival Director) and me (Director of PoetryFilm). Filmmakers had requested the topic of poetry film, and it also made the workshop attractive to participants in the TOGETHER! Pop-Up Poetry Club.
After discussing different kinds of poetry films and screening a number of examples, the group began to develop and build their own creative ideas for a poetry film, and filming began. The second day was spent filming, recording and editing three brand new poetry films which were screened the following day at the Film Festival.
The works featured paintings, text-on-screen, voiceover, sound art, tessellation, zoom in and zoom out, and visual treatments to a single photograph. Film stills are below.
Christmas – Kathleen Jackson
The Gatepost – Alison Marchant
Right place, right time – Kirwin Gibson