BSU Creative Writing and English Literature student Aaron Lembo’s short film Mesmerism will be screened at the Little Theatre cinema in Bath on 5 March 2015. Mesmerism will be shown as part of the Liberated Words screening of REFLECTIONS, a collection of short poetry films created in a series of school and community workshops throughout last year. REFLECTIONS has previously been shown at the Arnolfini gallery in Bristol, however Mesmerism is new to the collection. Poppy Henderson went along for milk. to meet Aaron and to find out about the film.
Mesmerism is a three-minute film comprised of three poems, written, directed and produced by Aaron. It was filmed and edited by Laurie Cant, with artwork by Harry Hancock and performance by acting student Richard Lewis. Aaron wanted to involve as many people as possible with a myriad of talents to create something true to the meaning of artistic collaboration. The brief for the film focused on WWI and memory, so there is a natural darkness to his poetry. With influences of Dadaism, Keats and in particular Tom Stoppard’s play Travesties, the three poems are contemporary, thought-provoking and vivid in their imagery.
Aaron said that through the process of making the film and collaborating with other artists, he gained a new insight into his own creative work, and his poetry ‘could take on new life’. He had originally written the poems for the page but as ideas grew and developed, the texts were taken ‘in a whole new direction’, thanks to the ‘seriously talented’ group of artists involved.
REFLECTIONS will be shown at the Little Theatre cinema on Wednesday 5 March from 6pm.
The Little Theatre box office: 0871 902 5735
Liberated Words screens and commissions poetry films and is run by Creative Writing lecturer and spoken word artist, Lucy English, and art writer and researcher, Sarah Tremlett.