Wednesday, 28 September 2011

We Are Poets - at Hyde Park Picture House

Thanks to Peter Spafford for alerting us to this: 


The award winning 'We Are Poets' is in Leeds for a very special 'homecoming' screening at the Hyde Park Picture House, Sunday 2nd October, 5:45pm
We Are Poets is on tour around the UK and after a successful opening at the British Film Institute, it is now coming to it's home town of Leeds to share and celebrate this amazing local story. Don't miss it!

Winner of the Youth Jury Award at the Sheffield Documentary Festival 2011 and shortlisted for a prestigious Newcomer Prize at Grierson: The British Documentary Awards 2011We Are Poets intimately follows six remarkable young poets from Leeds Young Authors, a youth poetry group based in Chapeltown, as they are chosen to represent the UK at Brave New Voices, the most prestigious poetry slam competition in the USA.  From their inner city lives to a stage in front of the White House in Washington DC, the poets must prepare for a transformational journey of a lifetime. 

Cinematic, honest and deeply personal, We Are Poets is a moving testament to the power of creativity, community and the dynamism of young people. Anyone tempted to dismiss today's youth as politically apathetic better pay heed: here is electrifying evidence to the contrary. 

We Are Poets was directed and produced by local filmmakers Alex Ramseyer-Bache and Daniel Lucchesi.

There will be a Q&A with the directors and poets following the screening and live poetry performances! 

Here's what a few people have said about the film:

Sheffield Doc Fest - "A poignant, truthful and uplifting perspective on youth today and its potential. From its utterly brilliant opening, through to its moving finale, 'We Are Poets' is inspirational!" 

I-D Magazine -  "Lyrical, inspirational and ultra-cool...a brilliant story and a milestone in breaking down stereotypes”

Benjamin Zephaniah - “Amazing...the film itself is a poem. Poetry is an art, filmmaking is an art, it's takes great sensitivity to bring them together - this film shows us how it's done!” 

1 comment:

  1. How very interesting for people in your area the film must be, telling the amazing local story of two young poets from the Leeds Young Authors- yet another generation of Leeds inspired writers and poets. The city certainly must have something special- the list seems endless.
    I am researching how writers, and their works, are very often the products of the time and place they find themselves.Relating to the Lake District and going beyond the core poets of Wordsworth, Southey etc I came across a name I was not familiar with- yet another famous son of Leeds, Bryan Proctor to whom Thackray apparently dedicated 'Vanity Fair'.
    I hope the plans for the 2012 festival are going well and I look forward to reading your programme.