The God of Sugar is the fifth in a series of seven films commissioned by Absent Voices, an artist-led project centred on the Scottish town of Greenock, telling the creative story of Greenock’s sugar industry. Using the Category A listed Sugar Sheds on James Watt Dock as a catalyst, eight artists worked within the community and reached out to the wider world. Absent Voices was principally funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Each of the films is directed and edited by Alastair Cook.
The poem The God of Sugar was written and read by Vicki Feaver and features a soundtrack by Luca Nasciuti with cinematography by James William Norton.
The series of seven films was screened in entirety at Body Electric in Colorado, Filmpoem Festival, Felix Poetry Festival in Antwerp and Absent Voices in Greenock); six films in the series were performed live with the poets and composer Luca Nasciuti at the Scottish Poetry Library.