“The Waste Land” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poem by T.S. Eliot Directed By Nicolas Dufoure.
Directed by: Nicolas Dufoure
Client: Josephine Hart Foundation
Director of the Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation: Eleanor Carter
Creative Director of the Poetry Film Project: John-Paul Pryor
Production Company: TROUBLEMAKERS.tv
Producer: James Hagger
Production Assistant: Felipe Bernard
Additional Animation: Simon Lebon
Sound Design & Music: Cypheraudio
Sound Design, Production & Mix: John Black
Voice Over: Robert Montgomery
Excerpt from “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot
Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,
A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.
Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled,
And each man fixed his eyes before his feet.
Flowed up the hill and down King William Street,
To where St Mary Woolnoth kept the hours
With a dead sound on the final stock of nine.
There I saw one I knew, and stopped him crying: ‘Stetson!
You, who were with me in the ships at Mylae!
That corpse you planted last year in your garden,
Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?
Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?
Oh keep the Dog far hence, that’s friend to men,
Or with his nails he’ll dig it up again!
You! hypocrite lecteur!-mon semblable,-mon frere!”
The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation was set up by Lord Saatchi to further the advancement of arts, culture and education, with a focus on poetry, literature and dramatic performance.
Through the Poetry Movement, The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation wants to stand as the next logical step in terms of the way we consume verse. It will grow and develop into a creative space that encapsulates the beauty of imagination and inventiveness.
“The Waste Land” is the second film out of three for the launch of the Poetry Movement. The two others are directed by Onur Senturk and David Lobser