Skip to main content

The Heart of Shelley

UK, 1992 (MIFF 1993, Documentary)

Director: Nick McCann

Very lush and with plenty of bite, this great looking film documents the death (and bizarre post-death surgery) of Percy Byshe Shelley (you know, the poet!). Set to Shelley's sprawling 'Ode to the West Wind' the film reflects the rich­ness of his work, its powerful and insightful imagery and its complete sensory experience. The Heart of Shelley moves from thundering Har­rier jet fighters to horse-drawn carriages as the entire experience of his death (and our future) is seen through Mary Shelley's interpretation of his poem. Made for the big screen, its rhythm and style makes it a completely unique docu­mentary.

See also...

Killing Kids

The tragic story of rubber bullets used by English soldiers in Northern Ireland resulting in the death of children. Far from making judgments, the film highlights the tragedy of kids killing kids in ... More »

British Graffiti

Glimpses of Britain's thriving 50s rock and roll scene, centred on a young couple's passion for the U.S. music, dancing, clothes and style of the period. "I couldn't be a 90s working woman &mdash ... More »

The Rumour of True Things

Many moving images are produced for science, industry commerce and medicine that are only seen by a specialised audience and disappear soon after they have been made. The purpose of this film is to ... More »

Out of Reach

Annie Griffin begins with a photograph of her family taken in the squeaky clean 50s it is a clas­sic all American line-up, a beaming mother and father and five cute children Griffin takes each of ... More »

HANDSWORTH SONGS

A film essay on the contours of 'race' and 'civil disorder' in contemporary Britain. Filmed in Handsworth and London during the riots of 1955, and using extensive archival material ranging from ... More »

NEW YORK FRAMED

Fascinating documentary, punctuated by evocative footage from every conceivable New York story as depicted by several generations of visual artists, which manages to show 'how film is used in a ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director