Short Film from Hull – Bridge for the Living by Dave Lee

Written by Philip Larkin to commemorate the opening of the Humber Bridge (now in its 30th anniversary year), ‘Bridge For The Living’ is a poem discussing both the affect Larkin believed the bridge would have on his adoptive city of Hull and the surrounding area and also on the nature of man’s need for connectivity (as the powerful last line suggests), now made into a beautiful short film by Dave Lee (@davelee1968 on Twitter!/davelee1968) made for the 2011 Humber Mouth Literary Festival with support from Hull City Council and the National Lottery; the poem is read by Hull-born Oscar-nominated acting legend Sir Tom Courtenay.

It is the second time Yorkshire fil-mmaker Dave Lee has completed a film based on a Larkin poem with Courtenay, their previous collaboration being a multi-award nominated adaptation of ‘Here’.

I particualrly love the collaged open sequence of this film which reminds me of a East Yorkshire version of music documentary feat’ Jim White, “Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus” Directed by Andrew Douglas*. The footage of the bridge shows it at its most beautiful, reflecting light, and at its most oppresive, casting shadows across the land and water…

Well worth a watch… for both locals and those of you who don’t know the area.

*a film that must have had an influence on the titles of True Blood, some of the best opening titles of the last few years.

~ by hesir on June 21, 2011.

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