BBC POETRY SEASON LATEST: Benjamin Zephaniah celebrates ‘The British’

East London production company "SquareZero" and poet Benjamin Zephaniah have just completed production of 'The British' for the BBC poetry season.
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July 8, 2009 - PRLog -- This year’s BBC poetry season has seen William Blake being recited in a football press junket, and Byron relayed via a music mash up.

Poetry it seems, is cool again. Next to be introduced to the youth of 2009, is poet Benjamin Zephaniah and his patriotic poem ‘The British’.

Zephaniah says that his mission is to fight the dead image of poetry in academia, and to "take [it] everywhere" even to those people who traditionally shun books.
And this is exactly what he does with “The British”, taking aim with thought provoking and timely rhymes:

“Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, Bosnians,
Iraqis and Bangladeshis together with some
Afghans, Spanish, Turkish, Kurdish, Japanese
And Palestinians
Then add to the melting pot.
Leave the ingredients to simmer.”

Directed by Najma Bhatti at SquareZero, “The British” was shot in Spalding, and features nine teenagers cast from local colleges, of mixed ethnicity, reciting his poem over a slap up meal. Bhatti cleverly highlights the essence of The British, illustrating just how we’ve become such a wonderful melting pot of cultures, uniqueness and diversity.

Although well versed with the challenges of live action, the shoot was not without risk.

“The idea of the lazy susan was poignant, relevant and a great metaphor, but wasn’t quite as easy as we would have hoped! The biggest challenge was of course in the timing- to get one continual shot with 9 teenagers all saying their lines perfectly,’ said Bhatti ‘but the kids were just fantastic, and inspiring to work with and really brought the poem to life which is what it was all about’.

The British, and other great modern takes on poetry, can be seen online, at the BBC Poetry season homepage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/poetryseason


Other recent contributors to the BBC poetry season include celebrities such as:
   - Alex James - Musician, Blur (Cocaine Diaries)
   - Michelle Ryan - Actress (Eastenders)
   - Nihal - (Radio 1 DJ)
   - Bill Drummond - Musician (KLF)
   - Miquita Oliver - Presenter (T4)

ABOUT BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH:
He is a well-known figure in contemporary English literature, and was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008. He is an honorary patron of The Vegan Society, Viva! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals), the anti-racist organization ‘Newham Monitoring Project’ and Tower Hamlets Summer University.



ABOUT BBC POETRY SEASON:
The BBC’s Poetry Season is now fully up-and-rhyming. Last weekend, BBC Four showed a series of programmes – some old, some new – about Wilfred Owen, Dylan Thomas, Ted Hughes, Stevie Smith, Philip Larkin, Carol Ann Duffy, W. H. Auden and Radio 4’s long-running Poetry Please. A few are still available to watch on iPlayer, along with Ian Hislop’s witty and interesting look at the role of Poet Laureate, The Changing of the Bard.


ABOUT SQUARE ZERO:
SquareZero is an innovative production company, specializing in commercials, branding , music videos and animation. Other services include 3D auto/stereoscopic productions, Musion holograms and groundbreaking new technology.

For more information please contact Jodie Seal at SquareZero:
0207 729 8998

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Jodie Seal,
SquareZero.
65 Rivington Street
London, EC2A 3QQ

Phone: 0207 729 8998
Jodie@squarezero.co.uk
www.squarezero.co.uk

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ABOUT SQUARE ZERO:

SquareZero is an innovative production company, specializing in commercials, branding , music videos and animation. Other services include 3D auto/stereoscopic productions, Musion holograms and groundbreaking new technology.
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