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July 22, 2019

It seems logical that SJ Fowler’s poetry would find itself in, and as, film…at some point. Steve’s poetry has taken his roving attention into performance art and sound art; into and through elements of comedy and theatre; from concrete poetry and the sculptural towards...

June 27, 2018

The cinema of Andrew Kötting (dis)orientates itself spatially and temporally within the heaving gut of a landscape, surging with lens and legs, treading into the compost of it all. Perspectives are fraying with distraction, multiple and mobile; fogged with heavy breath...

February 19, 2018

Lisa Samuels is a poet whose work diversely explores and inhabits a plurality of form and impulse: essays, sound art, collaboration, performance, film, theory, philosophy, and the continual intermingling of these fields in ways that energetically refute their distincti...

October 15, 2017

The first film I saw by Andrew Kötting was This, Our Still Life (2011). After the film finished, I had that rare and fluttering excitement that what I had just watched would far outlive the duration of my viewing. I had watched the film on DVD in a flat in Lo...

July 22, 2017

Looking back on it now, I am struck with the mildly disconcerting consideration that I was genuinely excited. I am not often ‘genuinely excited’ …not out of some mire of emotional lethargy (although, occasionally: guilty) but due to that common inability to match ratio...

July 22, 2017

Not only Directed by Ridley Scott and written by the Pulitzer prize-winning American novelist Cormac McCarthy, The Counselor (2013) also boasted a beyond star-studded cast of Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt, and yet, and yet...

June 13, 2017

In his 1985 film, Intellectual Properties, John Adams created a work that is at once intimately redolent of its time and eerily prescient to a range of contemporary experiences: of politics and the virtual; advertising and the personal; escalations of capitalism and th...

January 30, 2017

Andrew Kotting’s 1996 film, Gallivant, charts a ragged journey around the entirety of Britain’s coastline. Parallels could be drawn with the psychogeographic impulse of Iain Sinclair (who has worked with Kotting and written on his films), or the films of Chris Petit an...

December 6, 2016

It is impossible to discuss the intersections between contemporary poetry and film in Britain without mentioning Redell Olsen. Olsen has continually turned to the extensions and echoes of poetry in the art world in service of broadening and complicating the possibiliti...

September 28, 2016

 Sophie Mayer has six collections of poetry, several chapbooks and has appeared in and edited numerous anthologies, in addition to which she is consistently writing some of the best film criticism around. In 2009, Mayer’s The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of...

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