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Short Film

Arts Council, Fury Films, 1185 Films


Director: Adam Carr

Producer: Kate Wilson

Poem: Jan Noble

Music: Samuel Kilcoyne & Takatsuna Mukai

My Name Is Swan premiered at the Curzon, Aldgate as part of the East End Film Festival in London and received its international premiere at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York. Returning to the UK it featured at the Turner Contemporary as part of the Margate NOW Festival who hosted the online world premiere on 3rd December 2019.

After launching at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival poet Jan Noble, accompanied by filmmaker Adam Carr, took his poetic monologue My Name Is Swan along the far reaches of the Thames from Oxford to Wapping reading in every ‘swan’ pub along the way. The resulting film, part ‘Night of The Hunter’ part ‘Robinson in Space’, is a meditation on the marginalised taking us down the narrow-ways and river tributaries where litter glitters like supernovae.

The poem has been broadcast on BBC radio and the text set on the University of Milan’s syllabus with readings and screenings in Paris, Milan, Venice and Rome including performances at the Teatro Filodrammatici and Poetry on the Lake with former UK poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.


My Name Is Swan – an odyssey of loss following ‘Swan’ through harrowing withdrawal at dusk to a blissful fix at dawn…

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