“The combination of film and poetry is an attractive one. For the poet, perhaps a hope that the filmmaker will bring something to the poem: a new audience, a visual attraction, the laying of way markers; for the filmmaker, a fixed parameter to respond to, the power of a text sparking the imagination with visual connections and metaphor.” {Alastair Cook, Anon 7}

Filmpoem is an artists’ moving image project founded by artist Alastair Cook in 2010, committed to delivering education and community projects as well as promoting the work of poets, filmmakers and composers. Filmpoem collaborates with organisations such as the Southbank, The Poetry Society, Poetry International, Alchemy and ZEBRA Berlin.

Filmpoem has a core team consisting of Alastair Cook, Janet Lees, Luca Nasciuti and James William. The full archive of Alastair Cook’s personal poetry-film work is held by the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Desktop Metaphor

The Desktop Metaphor is a film by Helmie Stil of Caleb Parkin’s second placed poem in the National Poetry Competition 2016, commissioned by Alastair Cook of Filmpoem in partnership with the Poetry Society. read more

Filmpoem Festival

Filmpoem Festival 2017 at Depot, Lewes. Filmpoem successfully partnered Depot in Lewes, East Sussex, on Saturday October 28th 2017 to present our established mix of poetry-film, live film performance, poets, filmmakers, and discussions and workshops. Helmie Stil, organiser of this year’s festival created a trailer from footage of the new 10 National Poetry Competition Films commissioned […] read more

Filmpoem 59 Amerika

TEST Watch Alastair Cook’s brand new film Amerika, three years in the making, with new writing by twenty of the world’s best poets, sountracked by composer Luca Nasciuti and read by poet Rachel McCrum. Amerika contains new ekphrasis work by poets John Glenday, Vicki Feaver, Stevie Ronnie, Janie McKie, Brian Johnstone, Jo Bell, Andrew Philip, Linda France, Dave Bonta, Angela Readman, Michael Vandebril, Gerard […] read more
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