Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Poetry in Motion Said to Have Influenced the Beatles

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Poetry in Motion Said to Have Influenced the Beatles

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A TIMELY screening at Tyneside Cinema this evening of The Prophet, accompanied by a question and answer session, ties in nicely with National Poetry Day.

As literature-lovers across the region and indeed country indulge their poetic passions today, the Newcastle cinema will be hosting Bafta-nominated filmmaker Gary Tarn and his film from 6pm.

Itself a work of poetry in motion, 2011's The Prophet - not to be confused with 2009 French prison drama A Prophet - is an adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's celebrated 1923 book.

A collection of poetry said to have influenced everyone from Ghandi to The Beatles, the book becomes, in the hands of director and composer Tarn, a mix of narration (by Crash actress Thandie Newton), stunning footage shot around the world and atmospheric music by Tarn himself.

The juxtaposition of Gibran's original text and contemporary sights and sounds is intended to help audiences find new meaning in the poet's fusion of Eastern and Western philosophies. …

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