World premiere of new poetry film based on the work of bpNichol

I’ll be back from my mini-vacation next week and return to a full posting schedule, but in the meantime I wanted to pass on one exciting piece of news: Canadian filmmaker Justin Stephenson‘s film The Complete Works, based on the work of avant-garde poet bpNichol, is at last, er, complete. The world premiere screening will be at the Queensland Poetry Festival next Sunday, August 30; for details, see the Facebook event page.

Fifteen years in the making the film explores Nichol’s work through a series of filmic translations, remixes and transformations. It features filmed performances by many authors including Daphne Marlatt, Roy Miki and Stephen Ross Smith. The Complete Works is a unique look at the work and practice of a seminal Canadian poet.

Nichol’s work embodied a playfulness, generosity and charm that is unparalleled in the challenging world of avant garde poetry. The Complete Works documents Nichol’s poetic methods – it is not an expression of his work or a biographical story, but an exploration of his practice and the implications of the poetic writing.

Before the screening, Lance Sinclair will introduce this important film and Justin Stephenson himself, who is proudly presented in partnership with Canada Arts Council.

Sun 30 Aug 630pm, QPF 2015
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Main Theatre
No tickets, general admission on the night.

Here’s the trailer:

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