Art films, and films and videos featuring artists and poets
Min Tanaka Dancing:b&w video 60 mins (1982) with Derek Bailey on guitar.
Reflections on Space: 16 mm colour 20 mins (1983) with Meret Oppenheim + Markus Raetz.
IMAGO Meret Oppenheim:16mm colour 90 mins (1988/1996), film by Pamela Robertson-Pearce & Anselm Spoerri. IMAGO Meret Oppenheim is an award-winning film about the major Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim, whose fame rests on the surrealist masterpiece, the Furlined Teacup. This feature-length documentary creates a moving portrait of this inspiring woman through a poetic presentation of the themes that dominated her life and art. Beautifully narrated by Glenda Jackson, a two-time Academy Award-winner, the film explores her creative crisis & transformation, Paris of the Surrealists, Jungian psychology, Nature, feminism, the playful and the androgyne. Excerpt available on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/3894796
Gifted Beauty: video colour 50 mins (2000) other women artists in the Surrealist movement, including Leonora Carrington, Leonor Fini, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller Meret Oppenheim and Remedios Varo, along with contemporary Norwegian artist Vilde von Krogh. My interviews with Leonora Carrington and other Mexican footage can be seen in this excerpt on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/10760131 Borderline:
video colour 30 mins (2009), a work in process: "By this I mean that Borderline is still evolving as I continue using video to respond to my new environment, the remote Tarset valley in rural Northumberland." First shown at Northumbria University's conference Northernness: Ideas and Images of North in Visual Culture in June 2009. The whole of the present version of Borderline can be seen on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/5348645
In Person: 30 Poets: video colour 6 hours (2008) with 30 poets reading their work at home, DVD book edited by Neil Astley published by Bloodaxe Books. Excerpt on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/1021958
Life is Immense: visiting Samuel Menashe: video colour 50 mins (2009), documentary of a visit to an engaging octogenarian poet in his New York apartment in which he recites over 40 poems from memory. Published by Bloodaxe Books on DVD with New and Selected Poems by Samuel Menashe. Excerpt on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/4791273
Jean 'Binta' Breeze: Third World Girl: video colour 142 minutes (2011) featuring two live readings and an interview with the Jamaican 'dub' poet. Published by Bloodaxe Books on DVD with Third World Girl: Selected Poems by Jean 'Binta' Breeze. Excerpt on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/23262101
Benjamin Zephaniah: To Do Wid Me: video colour 103 mins (2013), full-length feature film biopic. Film portrait of Benjamin Zephaniah drawing on both live performances and informal interviews. Released by Bloodaxe Books in the DVD-book To Do Wid Me: Benjamin Zephaniah live and direct. Trailer on Vimeo and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojSbvgPr9wI and http://vimeo.com/479127