Lines of Fire is a powerful examination of poetry and conflict. It was first broadcast on BBC television in 2000 and includes contributions from Michael Longley, Paul Durcan, Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin. The programme features readings from their poems and is intercut with interviews and archive footage. It also includes other poems about community division and diversity – all of them beautifully filmed and read. The programme is introduced by Paul Muldoon.
Lines of Fire provides a moving sense of how conflict has affected local communities – allowing poems and poets to speak for themselves. Some of its images and language reflect difficult Troubles' realities. In many ways, it is an unsettling watch, but also a necessary one. Almost fifteen years after its first broadcast, this screening is an opportunity to consider those issues that remain and are still unresolved. It also provides a basis for further discussion about the role which writers have played in helping to describe and explain conflict and in making connections between people and experiences.
An absorbing, evocative and deeply moving film and one of the highlight screenings in this series of BBC archive events at the Ulster Museum. Lines of Fire was produced by Hotshot Films for BBC Northern Ireland television.
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