Arthur Ransome and Oscar Wilde News

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Dear Folks

Long time, no hear you think!

The new news is I have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful professional actors at Guild House, the actors’ union head office in a workshop I led on April 18th.

The text was my screenplay, The Genius and the Rebel, that sheds light on history’s lost story and the homophobic, mainly white England of 1910.  The substance of the screenplay is that the movers and shakers of the time, Arthur Ransome and the publisher Martin Secker challenged this established world.

Both were determined to have Wilde, imprisoned for homosexual practices fifteen years earlier acknowledged as the genius he was by the UK literati.

There was a pleasing range of ages and ethnicity in the workshop, which yielded pleasingly unexpected and thought-provoking feedback.

Thank you so much everyone!

 

 

Camden Community Radio Interview

 

 

Here is a treat!

Click the link for my interview with the lovely Violet of Camden Community Radio.

Arthur Ransome: The Lost Story.

http://www.canstream.co.uk/camden/index.php?id=980

I had a truly lovely time.  Everyone was so friendly and helpful.

Great to hear your comments!

 

 

 

Signals to the New Year!

It was so wonderful to snuggle into the beginning of Signals, the magazine of The Arthur Ransome Society today – and great to hear about the new Chair!

It was lovely to be reminded about these words of wisdom in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons by the President.

“I like cooking.” (mate Susan)

“If you want to go on liking it, take my advice and get someone else to do the washing up!”

(My sentiments exactly!)

Above is a superb pie, the recipe of which was obtained from TARS magazine! It is the only recipe for home made pastry which works for me!  Pastry is the maverick of the amateur cook!

Over Christmas I have also been answering Oscar Wilde film quiz questions for members of The Oscar Wilde Society and watching Oscar Wilde films.

Oscar Wilde with Robert Morley as Wilde and The Trials of Oscar Wilde with Peter Finch in the lead role are worth looking up on YouTube.

In the first film, Ralph Richardson steals the acting honours as Edward Carson – a truly great actor!

Look up your classics folks!  Movies are great to chill to over Christmas!

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The Ransome Experience

 

Garden of Eros by Oscar Wilde

Poet’s continuing project with the lovely Miss G is scheduled for September.

Eave’s Wood in Silverdale  is a location suggestion as is Jenny Brown’s Point.

These are beauty spots of Lancashire.

Meanwhile, the weather is dull and windy in Morecambe.  Let’s hope for a mellow September and hope we can pass it off as June!

This post is late due to technical issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poet’s Search for A Swain: Oscar Wilde’s Garden of Eros – the Movie

 

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I am currently searching for a young actor aged 17-18 to play the part of a swain for a film of Oscar Wilde’s poem.

The film will be a voice-over with Miss G and her swain telling the story of young lovers through movement.

I accidentally met members of Morecambe Ramblers yesterday and left details to see if anyone can make suggestions for location shoots around Silverdale, one of Lancashire’s beauty spots and a tourist and walkers’ hotspot.

The shooting will be the end of August and the first few days in September now.

The situation now is that Poet is awaiting news from a youth group.

Thanks to photographers from Pexels for some of the shots for my slideshow.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Swallows and Amazons 1974 Film

 

It was wonderful to meet TARS members and some of the team who worked on the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons on Saturday, 28th July at The Alhambra Cinema Keswick.

The Arthur Ransome Society President Sophie Neville gave a charming talk before the film, which added a little extra magic to the event.

She played the part of tomboy Titty Walker, displaying a lovely combination of vulnerability, exuberance and imagination that were entirely natural.

All the cast were magnificent.

It was especially lovely to see the amazing Zannah Hamilton when she was in the first blush of youth as a resilient and capable Susan Walker.

The late Claude Whatham who directed the movie showed exceptional mastery in the way he drew out comedy from this gentle period piece based on Arthur Ransome’s most famous novel.

His work was thoroughly complimented by orchestral music which matched the mood and followed every beat of a superb screenplay.

Afterwards the President of the Society signed her books for Arthur Ransome fans who attended the screening.  These included delighted children who had thoroughly enjoyed themselves on an uncompromisingly rainy afternoon!

One of her books is The Secrets of Filming Swallows and Amazons.  The Kindle version is extremely engaging with its video trailer of this work containing behind the scenes footage that happened as the film was in production.

To join TARS see http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/.

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Wilde Screenplay, North-west Nugget (UK)

Here is an update on the present project-a film of Wilde’s poem Garden of Eros.

The characters are the Lover and Beloved, her lovestruck swain.

The idea is that they will move to a Voice Over.

I first studied screenwriting with The Arvon Foundation, gaining a bursery to do so.  It was near a place called Sheepwash in Devon.  The course was superb.  Centres are all over the United Kingdom.  More can be found on https://www.arvon.org/course/.

Ms Lucy Scher and Mr Paul Fraser were my tutors.

Raindance taught me about film production.

For their courses see https://www.raindance.org/courses/.

They also run a film festival.  Details are on https://www.raindance.org/festival/.

Their courses are excellent value for money and recommended!

Mr Ray Turner Director of Photography on most of my films has given permission to thank him for designing my logo since my initial post.

For more about him see http://www.lancastervideo.co.uk/.  He was instrumental in establishing Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op.   For more about us see our YouTube link.

 

 

 

 

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Search for Lovers in the Magic Garden

 

 

 

Hello again!  

Here are some photos to greet the music of May!

My search is still in progress for people to play young lovers to illustrate Oscar Wilde’s poem Garden of Eros on screen.

I have, like many a film maker seen the perfect pair, just the right age; visions of loveliness indeed and literally in youth’s first bloom.

Thinking of them, I want to storyboard it.

Alas, I am not too hopeful!  If only……..!!

Apart from that I am developing a writing piece about – you have guessed it – Oscar and Arthur!

Have any other film makers had this experience?

That’s all for now and I hope you enjoy this post.