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House of Knives

The film House of Knives was made in July 2012 to promote the work of the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation and its plan to create a European style ‘poetry house’ at No 8 Royal College Street in Camden. It is based on a script by the award-winning poet and librettist David Harsent, is directed by Graham Henderson and produced by Carmela Pietrangelo.

The film was made by Poet in the City, a leading charity, as a means of launching the Foundation, and was made in partnership with University College London, and supported by Pernod Absinthe. The film was first shown at the W Hotel in Wardour Street in November 2012. Since then there have been about 12 other screenings of the film.

Usually House of Knives, which is 16 minutes long, is screened together with No 8, a 10 minute ‘voxpop’ documentary about the house in Camden once occupied by the poets, and a short film about the history of the Pernod Absinthe brand. Together the three films make for an entertaining screening event lasting about one hour, before and after which absinthe cocktails can be served.

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