‘A Diamond Deal to be Cut on Screen’ – a new filmpoem

We’re very excited to launch The Cut, Nancy’s first Canal Laureate filmpoem, made in collaboration with Pierre Tremblay.

She writes ‘Earlier this year at the London Canal Museum I saw ‘The Barge Fellows‘ (1924), a silent film about the Regent’s Canal. I was struck by the grainy, barely decipherable action and the spare yet evocative intertitles, and I began to consider the combination of text and moving image, the possibility of a film as a stream of watery words. The Regent’s Canal is officially known as ‘The Cut’ and the similarities between the language of the canals and of film editing gave me an idea. I contacted Pierre Tremblay, the Canadian artist and experimental filmmaker, and invited him to collaborate on a new work in response to the Regent’s Canal. The Cut is an impressionistic verbal-visual montage of our journey along the towpath from Paddington Basin to the mouth of the Islington Tunnel on a cold, sunny winter day in 2018.’

Over the first May 2018 Bank Holiday, The Cut will be screened on board Barge Fiodra, moored in Kings Cross.

Email jbird@poetrysociety.org.uk for a transcript of the film’s soundscape.