The Opened Field – Helmie Stil – UK

Six boys finding their identity, themselves, this is the hardest task.
A film by Helmie Stil based on Dom Bury’s poem The Opened Field.

Director Biography – Helmie Stil

I’m a Dutch award-winning filmmaker living and working in the UK. After graduating at the Utrecht School of Arts I’ve been researching, directing and producing my own films since 2006. I love making poetic documentaries and film poems.

My award winning documentaries and film poems have been shown on national television and international film festivals. My film The Desktop Metaphor won the Weimar Poetry Film Award 2018.

I am the director and founder of poetrycinema – films inspired by poetry.

Poetrycinema in association with The Poetry Society commissioned my latest film The Opened Field, which premiered on National Poetry Day 2018 at Southbank London and will be screened and promoted in America as part of Season 9 motionpoems in 2019.

I also organised the Filmpoem Festival 2017 at the independent Depot cinema in Lewes.


Director Statement

When I read the poem my first feeling was to make the film as pure and raw as possible. Everyone has a different feeling when they read a poem, its your own interpretation and I love to let my creativity flow after I’ve read a poem. This poem is for me about finding your identity, rituals, the way children’s feelings/creativity/thoughts can be suppressed by adults, keeping your pureness and connecting to nature. How we forget what’s really important in life.

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