'The Brink' by Simon Armitage CBE
Below and on Sky Arts On Demand you can find 'The Brink,' a film specifically created for Art 50. Written and performed by the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, it 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.
Directed by JASON WINGARD, an award winning director of drama and comedy.
Produced by Manchester based 'Working Men's Productions'