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Sky Arts commissions Philip Larkin doc

Indie UK television prodco Icon Films has been commissioned by Sky Arts to produce a documentary exploring the life of British poet Philip Larkin. Philip Larkin by Sir Andrew Motion (1×60) is ...
June 28, 2017

Indie UK television prodco Icon Films has been commissioned by Sky Arts to produce a documentary exploring the life of British poet Philip Larkin.

Philip Larkin by Sir Andrew Motion (1×60) is part of Sky Arts’ Passions series. It will be presented by a close friend of Larkin, Sir Andrew Motion (pictured), who explores the poet’s life, work and relationship to his hometown of Hull.

Combined with Motion’s personal stories are performances of some of Larkin’s best-known work, as people from the city of Hull give recitals in locations including pubs, schools and car parks.

Former poet laureate Motion explores Larkin’s extraordinary — and sometimes controversial — legacy, meeting with a range of contributors to define Larkin’s relationship with the city. The story will also be a personal one, explaining how Larkin became Motion’s friend and mentor, but left him with an uncomfortable legacy he had to try to make sense of.

Bill Hobbins commissioned the film for Sky Arts. Executive producer of Philip Larkin by Sir Andrew Motion is Stephen McQuillan for Icon Films.

This is the latest documentary commission by Icon Films, following Restless LegsCant Stop Twitching for Channel 5, Great Hammerhead Invasion for Discovery Channel and Andrew Marr: My Brain and Me for BBC Two.

 

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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