Poetry short film: Spring on the Strand (2016)

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This short has been selected for the Water Docs Film Festival in Toronto, Canada with a screening on 21 March 2019.

A rainbow with a reflection. How does that work?

These are stills relating to a short experimental non-narrative film edited by Gary Tobyn.

It’s just under two minutes long and it’s designed to be a lyrical piece about the spring arriving in West London, filmed entirely on an iPad. Some stills of the Strand on the Green waterfront are seen here.

To accompany the images, Henry Bird has created a beautiful acoustic piano track which you can hear if you scroll on down (henrybirdmusic.co.uk), while actor Jack Farrar read the specially-written poem to the images (http://www.castingcallpro.com/uk/actor/profile/jack-farrar). Rowan Laxton recorded the voiceover at Alchemy Post.

Project completed 23 August 2016.

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There it is – that niggle between your shoulder blades.


It’s coming.

At last spring pushes winter back beyond the corner of the year*,

And the willows flush first along the Strand

To herald the return of the green.

But the other trees take time to shake down their dresses

Ready for the summer party.

  • The Spring Equinox

This is the music written by Henry Bird

Some of the best sunsets in London

Written and filmed by A D Cooper
Edited by Gary Tobyn
Music by Henry Bird
Sound recording by Rowan Laxton
Narration by Jack Farrar

Programme notes for the Water Docs Film Festival in Toronto