A film based on the poem

by Alice Oswald

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Over a decade ago, poet Alice Oswald began recording conversations with the people who live and work along the river Dart. In her subsequent book-length poem, these records formed the characters in a sound-map of the river, a songline from the source to the sea.

This film creates a rare portrait of a community. By combining the words of the poem with actual observations of life along the Dart, and following the varying character of the river itself, the film flows from the mysterious source on Dartmoor to the sea at Dartmouth, and beyond.

"Alice Oswald emerges as an inheritor of some of Britain's greatest poetic voices, an heir to Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill."

- The Times

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