Gyles Brandreth President of The Oscar Wilde Society in Conversation with Poet

Oscar was a sailor!

Here is a fabulous update from Mr John Cooper.

Sailing was a large part of Wilde’s summer holiday in 1882!  He enjoyed a large amount of time, (several days) on Robert Rossevelt’s yacht “Heart’s Ease.”

It is a name very much appropriate to  both writers Arthur and Oscar!

It is also absolutely brilliant to know that another writer  connects Ransome to Wilde!

Thank you Mr John Cooper for sharing your information with Poet Speak!

WordPress does after all, connect people from round the world!

 

 

 

 

Mr Gyles Brandreth, wit, novelist and President of The Oscar Wilde Society in conversation with Poet at The Platform in Morecambe before his current show
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See http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/

http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/

https://oscarwildeinamerica.blog

http://www.oscarwildeinamerica.org/quotations/nothing-to-declare.html.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar Wilde’s Garden of Eros, the Movie

 

 

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Here is the exquisite Miss G, who will take the lead role in the film of Wilde’s Garden of Eros.

2018 is the perfect year for a female lead as it is the centenary of women asserting themselves and gaining the vote in the UK!

As you see, Miss G is the perfect choice for a Wilde heroine, combining the beauty of youth with rustic romanticism.

Enjoy the slides as we prepare for the film.

Next week – Hello, Mr President!

For the author’s work click the link.

 

 

Wilde Screenplay, North-west Nugget (UK)

Here is an update on the present project-a film of Wilde’s poem Garden of Eros.

The characters are the Lover and Beloved, her lovestruck swain.

The idea is that they will move to a Voice Over.

I first studied screenwriting with The Arvon Foundation, gaining a bursery to do so.  It was near a place called Sheepwash in Devon.  The course was superb.  Centres are all over the United Kingdom.  More can be found on https://www.arvon.org/course/.

Ms Lucy Scher and Mr Paul Fraser were my tutors.

Raindance taught me about film production.

For their courses see https://www.raindance.org/courses/.

They also run a film festival.  Details are on https://www.raindance.org/festival/.

Their courses are excellent value for money and recommended!

Mr Ray Turner Director of Photography on most of my films has given permission to thank him for designing my logo since my initial post.

For more about him see http://www.lancastervideo.co.uk/.  He was instrumental in establishing Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op.   For more about us see our YouTube link.

 

 

 

 

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The Genius and the Rebel

Here is the story lost to literature and modern society; the connection between Oscar Wilde and the world famous Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome.   It was made in co-operation with Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op in March 2015.

 

 

Thanks everyone!

Enjoy!

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Search for Lovers in the Magic Garden

 

 

 

Hello again!  

Here are some photos to greet the music of May!

My search is still in progress for people to play young lovers to illustrate Oscar Wilde’s poem Garden of Eros on screen.

I have, like many a film maker seen the perfect pair, just the right age; visions of loveliness indeed and literally in youth’s first bloom.

Thinking of them, I want to storyboard it.

Alas, I am not too hopeful!  If only……..!!

Apart from that I am developing a writing piece about – you have guessed it – Oscar and Arthur!

Have any other film makers had this experience?

That’s all for now and I hope you enjoy this post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wilde Film Project in Ransome Setting

 

 

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Poet requires:

Two people (18+) to play the parts of  lovers in a pastoral setting for a short film.
TextWilde’s Garden of Eros as Voice-Over.
The proposed film will have movement with room for a few dance moves.
Costume will have Victorian period and Wildean pre-Raphaelite suggestion.
A favoured location is the Silverdale area of Lancashire an area Arthur Ransome would have loved and an area of great beauty, also a bird lover’s paradise.
Filming will take place in the early morning.
Refreshments will be available.
As Mr Rupert Everett’s film The Happy Prince is about to be released it would be wonderful to have a film for you which evokes the true magic of Wilde the poet.
For now, hopefully the slides above will evoke the true magic of an English garden in summer and the beauty of wild Lancashire.
Enjoy.

 

 

Leeds Library Festival

Leeds library is a truly inspiring place to visit and during the festival there were an awe-inspiring range of art and craft workshops, presentations and hubs to choose from.

The last item yesterday was my talk Wilde Ransomed about how A R made Wilde in the twentieth century by his book Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study.

He was the perfect choice of subject because Ransome is a Leeds native.

The Leeds Central Library manager Rose was kindly on hand to help with the technology.

It was a wonderful day and everyone agreed they had learned something new about the most famous and notorious relationship in the world between Wilde and Douglas.

Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study by Ransome is a work to celebrate because it has also led to the discovery in our time of a story lost in scandal.

As a drink why not try opal hush? (It is in the far right photo).

This is what Ransome used to drink along with his rebel actors, playwrights and poets from The Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

It is a combination of claret and lemonade.

Do you like it?

I have tried it and recommend it!

Enjoy!

 

Wilde Video

 

 

If anyone is new to this page here is an opening film which is part of a lost story about Alfred Douglas and Oscar Wilde.

All the players are from the north west of England and it was filmed by Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op in 2015.  Students of Lancaster Royal Grammar School play the main parts.

Here is the link.

For my followers, visuals on Wilde Reflections, my last post, showcasing the work of Mr Fraser and Ms Bryony Rogers will hopefully arrive soon.

Oscar Wilde and the Solstice Symbol

  • As the summer solstice approaches, Oscar Wilde’s work is currently in vogue big time and is in the midst of a deserved major revival in contemporary theatre and on film!
  • Next month a film The Happy Prince, will be released, a passion project for actor Rupert Everett for over a decade and reflected on BBC1’s Imagine on Sunday night.
  • We should surely also remember the winter solstice, a time when the moon is of central importance and which plays a significant part in Wilde’s work.
  • It certainly is in his play Salome, which Al Pacino turned into a superb film in which Jessica Chastain gave a tour de force performance in the tragic central role.
  • However, many are not used to thinking of Wilde as a poet, which is a shame as he was a very fine poet.
  • The moon often makes its appearance in his eloquent verses.

As an example why not take a look at his poem Endymion, subtitled  (to Music)?

 

Schumann on Film: – A Tale to Haunt

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Adieu with Love – A Ghost Story

As we all await the Halloween spectacular on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing,  perhaps followers of this blog would like to watch a video which tells a Victorian-style story set in the modern age through the use of movement and classical ballet.

Just click the link above!

The film, made in 2006, was inspired by Richard Schumann’s hauntingly beautiful Kinderscenen, in English, Scenes from Childhood .  It is for the family, like Wilde’s Canterville Ghost.  (See below)

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?an=Oscar+Wilde&kn=Audiobook&sortby=17&tn=The+Canterville+Ghost.

Adieu with Love is about a brilliant ballerina  who dies before she can reap the benefits of her talent.

The family, who keep the girl’s room as a shrine,  try to turn their younger daughter into a replica of her dead sister.

The older sister comes to visit her younger sister in a dream, dances for her and says “Goodbye with love,” to the whole family through dance.

For more Wilde stories for children see

Enjoy!