Saturday, 31 October 2015

Riches Are Green



RICHES ARE GREEN will be screened at:
Showroom Shorts on Tuesday 19 January @21:00
The Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BS


Film & soundtrack written, performed & produced by © ℗ Gaynor Perry

In this film, I wanted to personify the landscape of the chalky East Yorkshire wolds where I grew up; and to convey a kinship with nature. The Capper Pass Plant, owned by Rio Tinto, operated on the outskirts of Hull between 1967 and 1991 when it was decommissioned. Despite being ravaged by this toxic tin smelting works, the surrounding environment and inhabitants continued to grow; although, many did not survive. By-products pumped into the River Humber and the East Yorkshire air were toxic, carcinogenic and radioactive. Radioactive emissions included Polonium 210.







Riches are green
the blackened pipes from the old organ lie resting on the hill, dormant

we grew up here, 'though I’d forgotten myself
the landscape has changed more than our deepest desires

we can be happy in our own skin, happy in our skin
we can be peaceful in our own beds, peaceful in our heads

we are the cows in fields, grazing – our life span is short and our meat is sweet
we’ve fallen prey to foul play, what was holy is now our loss

we can be happy in our own skin, happy in our skin
we can be peaceful in our own beds, peaceful in our heads
riches are green, all that we need is a heartbeat like you
and what we feed the savage within will make us chime or make us cold

Is it certain that I love you? Can I watch you surrender?
Can you hear me? Can I hear you? Can you trust me? Can I trust you?

Is it certain that I love you? Can I reach you? Can you sense me? Can I breathe you in?

Riches are green, kissed by the sun, blessed by the rain.