Director Julien Temples plays heavily on the idea of the poets being the pop stars of their day, - Lennon and McCartney type characters, surrounded by fainting and hysterical female fans. Coleridge and Wordsworth are seen as radical forward thinking revolutionaries championing the causes of liberty, and peace, with considerations for feminism. Not so worried about historical consistency the film is shot in a contemporary style which aims to transform the often dreary poetry of the classroom into awe inspiring drama. Coleridge is therefore seen as a heroic visionary, and recitals of his poetry are accompanied with stirring music and stunning visuals. However references to the modern world, intended to reinforce the meanings of the ancient Mariner appear bizarre and out of place, and add little to the film.
Brilliant cinematography combined with a lose story of friendship, love and betrayal creates a fairly compelling and absorbing film.
Optimum Releasing/BBC Films Present
Directed by Julien Temple
Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Produced by Nick O'Hagan
Starring John Hannah, Linus Roache, Samantha Morton, and Emily Woof
Ruunning Time - 119 Minutes
Release date - September 14th 2001