Paul Muldoon's latest poem weaves through landscapes filmed by George Belfield. The landscapes featured are the site of The Somme, where one hundred years ago over a period of several months, more than one million people were killed or injured.
Belfield had relatives who fought in World War 1 and mentions how “This film was my way of trying to connect with those experiences, and Paul Muldoon’s insightful and compassionate poem left us with the relatively simple task of creating space for it to sink in. These days, the Somme area is a banal agricultural backwater, but the landscapes still feel haunted by the atmosphere of what happened there. I did a recce of the locations with my dad, and my sister produced the film, so it’s really been a family affair and I’m very proud of it."