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Ted Hughes: Selected Video & TV Broadcasts

Last updated: 03-iii-2005

  Note: This is not a complete list though I have tried to include some of the more important publications I know of. I will add to the page as time permits, and when I learn of any additional broadcasts.

    

TV Broadcasts, Documentaries:

South Bank Show: Remains of Elmet.
ITV, 1979.

Hughes reads poems from Remains of Elmet over by video footage of the area and stills of some of Fay Godwin's photographs.

  

Seven Crows A Secret.
Dir. John Forrest. National Film Board of Canada. 1994.
28 mins.

The Focus of his documentary is on Crows and Ravens. Featured are Bernd Heinrich (one of the most prominent researchers in the field and author of Mind of the Raven and Ravens in Winter), Ted Hughes and Leonard Baskin. Hughes reads excerpts from »Horrible Song« and elaborates on British Crow/Raven mythology.

  

Ted Hughes: Force of Nature / Anamorphic Master.
BBC Close Up Special, Broadcast: 25 December 1998,
50 mins.

A retrospective of Ted Hughes' life and work.
I currently have no further information available.

   

Movies:

The Iron Giant.
Directed by Brad Bird. Time Warner, 1999.
(Animated Movie, Video/DVD)

Very losely based on Ted Hughes's The Iron Man. The setting has been moved to the Maine in the fifties with new character, etc. However, the movie succeeds in very fittingly translating the redemptive message of the book into this very different medium.

The animation itself is extremely well done. Apparently, a re-issue is planned.

Ted Hughes himself was pleased with the film: »Before his death, Ted Hughes had been sent a copy of The Iron Giant screenplay and sent a letter to Brad Bird saying how pleased he was with the screenplay. ›I want to tell you how much I like what Brad Bird has done,‹ said Hughes in the letter. ›He's made something all of a piece, with terrific sinister gathering momentum and the ending came to me as a glorious piece of amazement. He's made a terrific dramatic situation out of the way he's developed The Iron Giant. I can't stop thinking about it...‹« [quoted from a review @
www.animationartist.com/irongiant/Production/production.html].

 

Sylvia (feature film)
Directed by Christine Jeffs. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig. DVD/VHS. 2004

Not seen. A feature apparently losely based on biographical information.

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