This is really interesting and pretty cool – BBC have been scratching their collective noggins to get young ‘uns interested in poetry again. Enter one Corin Hardy, a London-based artist with Academy Films, who was commissioned by the BBC to make a short viral film for their Poetry Season. His 75-second mash-up features vocalist Jonny Fox (a.k.a. “Itch”) of the King Blues (who, I must admit, I’ve never heard of) reciting Byron’s So we’ll go no more a-roving. The dude walks through classic end of gig scenes (booze flying, hair spraying, crowd surfing) and crosses the ages with his delivery of lines like:
“Though the night was made for loving/ And the day returns too soon/Yet we’ll go no more a-roving/By the light of the moon.”
I’m not entirely convinced of the whole package. But I think it’s kiff that they’re trying. It’d be really sweet to see someone like the Rudimentals or 340ml do Serote’s “Johannesburg City” or something similar in this country. Remind us all how far we have and how far we haven’t come yet.