Prometheus

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Time Out says

This ciné-poem is locked in the tradition of the poet-playwright Tony Harrison's TV work, with a creaky, old-fashioned feel to the visuals and a slight over-earnestness of performance that distracts from the 'message' - the despoliation of the environment, our misuse of the gift of technology and the imperative need for us to wake up to our power to change things for the better by co-operation rather than competition. In this free-form modernisation of Aeschylus's Prometheus Unbound, Feast's Hermes ('spin-doctor' of Zeus) scorns human futility and frailty in endless rhyming couplets, as the golden 'souls' of Yorkshire miners are smelted in Germany, before a 30ft gold statue of Prometheus is driven through Eastern Europe to its combustion in Greece. There's pleasure to be had in the dexterity, humour and robustness of the prose, but as drama, it's turgid.
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Release details

UK release:

1998

Duration:

126 mins

Cast and crew

Screenwriter:

Tony Harrison

Production Designer:

Jocelyn Herbert

Cast:

Michael Feast, Audrey Haggerty, Walter Sparrow, Fern Smith, Jonathan Waistnidge, Steve Huison

Director:

Tony Harrison

Producer:

Andrew Holmes

Cinematography:

Alistair Cameron

Editor:

Luke Dunkley

Music:

Richard Blackford

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