Poetry Film

Film Poetry – Northern Irish poem made into film poetry – a simple but realistic childhood memory. And so beautifully read, and realized with film that it becomes a pleasurable memory for us all who look at it.



Perhaps poetry and film are as openers to all our stories and pasts.  As we hear or see something, it reminds us of our own stories and memories and emotions.

Poem by Elaine Gaston, film by Robert Peake.

The film-maker’s notes on the collaborations are:

Process Notes

Valerie and I were honoured to be selected to make a film from one of the seven commended poems in the 2013 UK National Poetry Competition. We admired Elaine Gaston’s “Push Bike” as a poem, and sought to carefully expand on some of its themes with music and visual imagery. I used the camera module on a Raspberry Pi to capture time-lapse of clouds out our front window, and mixed this in with public domain footage from Preligner archives. Valerie composed piano music based on “Oh, Oh Antonio” by C.W. Murphy, which is mentioned in the poem. The film premiered atFilmpoem 2014, Antwerp.”


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