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.
Two people (18+) to play the parts of lovers in a pastoral setting for a short film.
Text: Wilde’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.
- 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)?
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)
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
Dance with a Difference
A lot of people in the UK will soon eagerly tune in to Halloween week on the BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
This is always great fun and surely a season favourite!
After the show I personally won’t “Keep Dancing!” as advised by the ultra-glam presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman!
Personally blessed with two left feet I stick to poetry or else it’s the CD Basic Yoga for Dummies with Sara Ivanhoe! (Recommended).
So for my Thursday post here’s my own poem with a Victorian feel on video inspired by Lake Windermere, the heart of Arthur Ransome country which is also related to Oscar Wilde with his celebrated play Lady Windermere’s Fan.
Believe it or not after the sun goes down and the tourists disappear Lake Windermere can be quite spooky.
Hope you enjoy this work from my first collection Pathways! Just click the link above!
Also take a look at Wilde’s ghost dancers in his poem The Harlot’s House!