Many recordings from Naxos AudioBooks – Anton Lesser reading from Homer’s The Odyssey, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Heathcote Williams reading from Dante’s Inferno, Sean Barrett reading from Beckett’s The Unnamable and many, many others – are featured in the extraordinary film The Nine Muses, which was screened at the ICA, London in January and February 2012.
This magical film, directed by John Akomfrah, looks back to the immigration into the UK of peoples mainly from Africa, the Indian sub-continent and the Caribbean in the 1950s. They arrived full of hope for a new life with work and housing and a future, but encountered cold, suspicion and defensiveness.
Akomfrah interveaves black and white news footage of the period with stark, white, freezing Alaskan landscape – powerful images underpinned by quotations of travel, apprehension, vision, despair, loss and optimism from the Naxos AudioBooks catalogue.
An unusual and unforgettable experience.
The Nine Muses is now available on DVD – with free shipping and handling in the UK – from the Verve Pictures online store.
The DVD also includes an interview with director John Akomfrah.
See short excerpts from the film – featuring some Naxos AudioBooks recordings – below: