The Second Coming

October 4, 2010

I have embarked upon a new narrative feature to be called The Second Coming after the famous Yets poem. I have longed for a confrontation of Yeats poetry and my own cinematic practice for some time and delighted that this is now happening…

The new feature project is a portmanteau film that will revolve around seven or eight stories that are all interconnected and inspired by the famous apocalyptic poem of William Butler Yeats. Other poems of the maestro will also inspire certain segments…

This work will constitute part 2 of my “March on Rome” Trilogy.

I am also working toward completing the two documentaries I shot in 2009 on Africa and porn star Joe Blow(aka Michael Tierney – who has a role in the Second Coming that I am shooting in Thailand as I write this) and releasing The Beautiful and Damned commercially in Australia and overseas in 2011. See trailer here: http://vimeo.com/6876671

The text to Yeats poem is here:

The Second Coming

By W.B.Yeats

TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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