Na­tional Day TV Premiere of Po­etry Is An Is­land

The Star (St. Lucia) - - NATIONAL DAY -

PO­ETRY IS AN IS­LAND an eighty minute doc­u­men­tary film on the life of St. Lu­cian born nobel Lau­re­ate Derek Wal­cott will be screened on Daher Broad­cast­ing Ser­vice (DBS) at 10:00am on Satur­day 13th De­cem­ber 2014, as part of Na­tional Day Cel­e­bra­tions.

PO­ETRY IS AN IS­LAND is pro­duced and di­rected by Suri­namese Ida Does and co- pro­duced by Re­becca Roos, field pro­ducer Gan­dolph St. Clair with pho­tog­ra­phy by Ing­mar Maduro; the film fea­tures the first ever life doc­u­men­tary on 1992 NOBEL LAU­RE­ATE FOR LIT­ER­A­TURE, DEREK WAL­COTT, filmed en­tirely in St. Lu­cia dur­ing 2012 with DEREK WAL­COTT in­ter­views and read­ings, with ad­di­tional clip­pings from Stock­holm and Trinidad and Tobago.

PO­ETRY IS AN IS­LAND fea­tures his boy­hood friends Sir Dun­stan St. Omer, Arthur Ja­cobs; Si­grid Nama, his com­pan­ion; Peter Wal­cott, his son; Michelle Serieux and Natalie La Porte. The late cel­e­brated Ir­ish Nobel Lau­re­ate Sea­mus Heaney is also part of the cast as well as Po­ets/Pro­fes­sors Univer­sity of Toronto’s Christian Camp­bell and ex Univer­sity of Es­sex’s Glyn Maxwell among oth­ers.

PO­ETRY IS AN IS­LAND has been shown in Trinidad & Tobago where it pre­miered, Ha­vana, New York, Aruba, Am­s­ter­dam, St. Lu­cia, Wash­ing­ton, London and will be sub ti­tled for Dutch, Span­ish, French, Ital­ian and In­dian au­di­ences. John Robert Lee in ARC Mag­a­zine wrote, “An open look at Derek Wal­cott, from the per­spec­tive of the ag­ing poet trac­ing his jour­ney from youth to this point, where he is 83.” Pro­fes­sor Funso Aiye­jina of UWI com­ments, “a fan­tas­tic film about a great Caribbean Cul­tural Icon. It brought Mr. Wal­cott and his words to life in a way that I have never en­joyed be­fore.” Writer An­dre Ba­goo in his re­view said, “It is a startling and mov­ing achieve­ment. Ida Does use of im­agery is sim­ply mag­nif­i­cent, bear­ing the hall marks of a great film maker.” Derek Wal­cott’s own im­pres­sion of PO­ETRY IS AN IS­LAND is …”A beau­ti­ful and gen­tle job.” Per­ti­nent is­sues aris­ing out of the film, are his vi­sion of the Rat Is­land Foun­da­tion and the in­ten­tion by the St. Lu­cia Gov­ern­ment to set up a Mu­seum in his boy­hood res­i­dence along Chaussee Road, Castries.

Nobel Lau­re­atte Derek Wal­cott.

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