Nationality: Australia

Natural Bitterness by Patrick Jones

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Australian artist Patrick Jones recently worked on a project called Food Forest with his family, and “Natural Bitterness” is another project in the same spirit of uniting art with gardening or gathering: it’s “a video-poem as field guide to some of the edible weeds and wild foods we’ve been eating lately in central Victoria, Australia,” according to the description on Vimeo. A brief blog post goes into a little more detail.

As high-concept as this is, it’s also a fine poem, and I love the name of his production company: Gift Ecology Films.

The Briefcase Phenomenon by Libby Hart

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Directed by Siena Stone and Jalen Lyle-Holmes, this is one of the 2010 finalists from the Poetry in Film Festival held in Melbourne, in which all contestants were challenged to make a 4- to 7-minute film based on the same poem by Australian poet Libby Hart. (See Vimeo for the full list of credits.)

No sooner had I posted about the festival at the Moving Poems forum than this video pops up on Vimeo. Here’s hoping some of the the other finalists appear, as well.

My Pirate Neighbor by Oceana Setaysha

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There’s a fine line between flash fiction and prose poetry, but I think this story crosses it. It was created by Australian writer Oceana Setayasha for the summer film competition at the 6S Social Network, which is associated with the popular online magazine Six Sentences [both defunct as of 6/5/2014]. And yes, it’s just six sentences long.

A Postcard From Hell in October

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“Based upon Andrew McMillan’s award-winning poem of the same title, the film explores the mental and physical deterioration of writer who can’t handle Darwin’s annual horror season, colloquially known as the ‘build-up’,” says the director, Annaliese Ciel Walker (listed as Annaliese Richardson in the credits). For more on the poet, a writer with many guises, visit his website.

Ram’s Head by George Anderson

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George Anderson, a Canadian living in Australia, reads his poem in this video by Laww Media, filmmakers from Wollongong, Australia.

Bibliophobia by Rob Walker

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A father-son collaboration between Rob Walker, a South Australian writer and poet, and his son Ben, who blogged:

Bibliophobia is an animation I did to a poem by my father that recently won the Newcastle Poetry New Media Prize. It’s not often that you get to work on a project like this with your dad, so it was nice for it to be recognised.

Jason Nelson writes in the accompanying publication ‘The Night Road’;

“Rarely does a digital poem arrive so polished and aesthetically compelling. Using rich layering of textural and graphical imagery ‘Bibliophobia’ explores the strange place between ‘ancient’ paper and the contemporary world’s new digital story/poetic environments. Indeed the work itself seems to be directed towards the brief and portable devices, a trailer of ideas for iPhones and email sharing. Initially I was disheartened by the abrupt and all-too-soon end. But isn’t that what’s expected of media, to attract with style and mystery and ideation, then leave before interest wanes.

And like electronic candy I found myself watching this work again and again, wanting more. Perhaps what’s needed is a pause button, so readers can soak in the organic, near ‘steampunk’ visuals and archaic and experimental poetics”

Sea Things: poetry from the coasts of Australia

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I just discovered this delightful documentary.

Free Range Multimedia followed the last leg of the 2 month coastal poetry odyssey that was Sea Things. The brainchild of Sydney poetry organisation, The Red Room Company, the project sent two duffle bags along the west and east coasts of Australia to gather poetry of the sea by those who live on and around it.

For more information, see the Sea Things section of the Red Room Company website.