Join the Nottingham Writers' studio for a film special....
A silent film is winning Oscars again, and Graham Lester George’s short film The Postman, in the spirit of silent classics like A The Plank and Home of Your Own, will have its premiere at Word of Mouth, Nottingham Writers’ Studio’s live literature night, this Wednesday, 21 March.
Michael Eaton meanwhile, known for drama documentaries like The Conflict Is Over, about the Northern Ireland Peace Process, and Washington 9/11, will be showing an extract from The Masks of Mer, which takes us on a journey to the Torres Strait in 1898 and some of the first ethnographic cinematographs in history.
"For me", Michael says, "these are some of the most important films ever made". While Masks of Mer has played at the British Museum, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and on three continents, it has never before been shown in Nottingham.
The night is a mixture of screenings and readings on a filmic theme, and will also feature a guest slot curated by The Cutting Room and an East-meets-West head-to-head as Richard Goodson recounts his long poem 1969 accompanied by the voice of Neil Armstrong, while Mulletproof Poet remembers Yuri Gargarin in Vostok 1.
Other highlights include a performance by Wayne Burrows on his grandfather’s obsession with the hidden ‘disturbances’ he found at the end of the film reel, and a preview of Alison Moore’s forthcoming novel The Lighthouse, which brings us back to the experience of cinema as place from a child’s perspective.
Word of Mouth: The Film Night
Wednesday 21 March, 7–9pm
Antenna, 9a Beck Street, NG1 1EQ
Tickets £4/£3 (concs) on the door