BLINDSPOTTING In Cinemas on October 5 – From Dead Poets Society to Paterson: Films Featuring The Spoken Word
BLINDSPOTTING (in cinemas 5th October), sees a black man, Collin, trying to make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning in his hometown of Oakland, California. After witnessing a police shooting down a man in the street, Collin’s troubled conscious becomes overbearing.
The characters debate feelings of personal and cultural beliefs through poetic language throughout the film, making it an artistic, enjoyable and insightful commentary on America today. To celebrate the upcoming release, we’re looking back at the artistry of the spoken word featured in film.
To celebrate the release of BLINDSPOTTING, we round-up some of the most iconic films that feature spoken word...
DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)
An English teacher shows his students a new perspective through poetry
A high school English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), helps the boys of Welton Academy discover a love of poetry in a dull and restricted world. Featuring poems from the likes of Robert Frost to William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!" which proves to be the ballad of the film, Keating is able to use the verses as inspiration for showing authentic knowledge and feelings.
APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
A rogue soldier relays scenes of war terror
Modelled on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, this druggy Vietnam epic film follows a colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando) who has gone rogue and a little mad. The colonel recites Eliot’s “The Hollow Man” and reads Frazer’s The Golden Bough through the film as it takes a dark turn.
Ginsberg’s biography and famed poem “Howl”
The film follows Allen Ginsberg (James Franco) as he speaks of his life and art, specifically his noted poem “Howl” and the obscenity that trailed its release in 1957.
ROMEO + JULIET (1996)
The classic love story with a twist
Baz Luhrmann helped create this adaptation and modernization of William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet for the screen. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the leading roles of Romeo and Juliet, who instantly fall in love despite their feuding families.
A bus driver and his wife dream of leading different lives
A New Jersey bus driver and aspiring poet named Paterson (Adam Driver) and his wife (Golshifteh Farahani) desire to lead better lives. Paterson listens to his passengers and makes little observations about his daily life then transforms his thoughts into poetry that he writes in the notebook he carries with him everyday.
BLINDSPOTTING IS OUT IN CINEMAS FROM THE OCTOBER 5