NINE MUSES

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THE NINE MUSES

John Akomfrah
GB/Ghana, 2010
Documentaries, 96min, OF

THE NINE MUSES

John Akomfrah
GB/Ghana, 2010
Documentaries, 96min, OF

Cast: 
Trevor Mathison
David Lawson
John Akomfrah
Cast: 
Stimme
Sean Barrett
Stimme
John Barrymore
Stimme
Richard Burton
Stimme
Dermot Crowley
Stimme
Teresa Gallagher
Stimme
Alex Jennings
Stimme
Anton Lesser
Stimme
Jim Norton
Stimme
Michael Sheen
Stimme
Josette Simon
Stimme
Heathcote Williams
Screenplay: 
John Akomfrah
Sound: 
Robin Fellows
Camera: 
Dewald Aukema
Editor: 
Miikka Leskinen
Composer: 
Trevor Mathison

Production: 
Smoking Dogs Films
World Sales: 
Cactus Three Films
Format: 
35 mm
Color and Black/White

Sharing some thematic and aesthetic ground with his widely acclaimed gallery piece «Mnemosyne», but developing and extending the focus, The Nine Muses confirms John Akomfrah as one of the UK’s most singular and visionary filmmakers. In this work of uncommon intelligence, a vast array of archival material is combined with newly shot scenes to form a series of tone poems that feel, rather than tell, the history of mass migration to postwar Britain. Existential science fiction provides the inspiration and Homer’s «The Odyssey» the narrative underpinning, just two of a host of cultural reference points that inform this absorbing allegorical fable. Writings from authors as diverse as Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett and T.S. Eliot are woven together with music that ranges from popular songs to Purcell and Schubert. Akomfrah’s investigation of identity, memory and myth is breathtaking but understated, and social history is rarely re-imagined as lyrically as this. (Sandra Hebron)