This is a 90 minute documentary film about the life of Cornish poet Charles Causley, directed by Jane Darke who made the classic Cornish film The Wrecking Season about beachcombing in Cornwall. The film covers the whole of Causley’s life and is a celebration of this lovely man, his life and his work.
A good friend to many poets, including Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin, he produced numerous volumes of poetry and was often on the radio and TV. The film includes archive footage and photographs of Causley and recent interviews with poets who respect his work such as Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Andrew Motion. There are also memories from people who knew him well, co-workers and friends in his home town of Launceston where he worked for most of his life as a school teacher and stories of his experiences during World War II while in the navy.
The film features many of his best poems, some set to music by his distant relation the talented Jim Causley on his successful CD CYPRUS WELL, named after Charles Causley’s home. ‘It was a great pleasure to work on this film, to meet the people and spend time working with Causley’s writing and the town of Launceston. We also owe a great debt to Jim Causley for allowing us to use his music.’ Jane Darke and Andrew Tebbs