'The Brink' by Simon Armitage CBE
In a new film entitled 'The Brink,' specifically created for Art 50, poet & playwright Simon Armitage explores post-Brexit British identity and meditates on the relationship between Britain and Europe.
As the dial on an old Bakelite radio moves from city to city - Brussels, Prague, Lyon - we tune into an impressionistic and imagistic film that combines the poet-presenter,along with sights and sounds associated with each nation mixed with sections of the poem providing a corresponding narration.
The question is, what happens when we turn to Britain on the dial? What do we see: dark satanic mills, the white cliffs of Dover baring their teeth at the continent? What do we hear - Jerusalem? Grime? Static?
Written and performed by SIMON ARMITAGE CBE, one of the UK’s leading poets, on the school syllabus, winner of TS Eliot prize, the Forward prize amongst many others, Oxford Professor of Poetry and vice president of the Poetry Society. His work is accessible yet complex and combines dry wit with realism.
Produced by JIM POYSER, an experienced television producer with many writing and producing credits in comedy and drama including BBC, Big Talk, Tiger Aspect, Avalon, Red. Working Men's is his northern based company.
Directed by JASON WINGARD, an award winning director of drama and comedy.
This film will be available on demand on Sky Arts from midnight on 25th March 2019.