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ABOUT THE FILM

We are creating a film about the Artist, Poet and Mystic William Blake. 

William & his wife Catherine  left London for Coastal Sussex in September 1800. They lived in a cottage in Felpham for three turbulent years.  

It is here that William Blake wrote the words to the hymn 'JERUSALEM'.

 
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"AND DID THOSE FEET IN ANCIENT TIME.

WALK UPON ENGLAND'S MOUNTAINS GREEN?"

WILLIAM BLAKE

FILM IDEAS

Some early visualizations for the film 'Blake in Sussex'. Please click to Play .

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"I LABOUR UPWARDS INTO FUTURITY"

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SYNOPSIS

A radical Urban Mystic who frequently sees things nobody else can. A sleepy south coast village at the start of the 19th Century. It's and Unlikely combination. 

During this period, rural Sussex is hardly brimming with revolutionary sentiment and nor can it boast brooding peaks to stir the Romantic imagination. But William Blake's stay in the seemingly tranquil green and pleasant land - his first outside London - proves to be a singularly dramatic period in his life.

Fleeing dire London poverty, the struggling engraver and his wife Catherine face an array of battles with perpetually confused locals, a mistrustful Patron, crippling illness and a calamitous encounter with a drunken member of the armed forces.

But this culture clash also inspires Spiritual renewal, a creative outpouring and ultimately an alternative National Anthem.

Mainly told from Catherine Blake's viewpoint, this visually thrilling Drama captures the fervour & intensity of England's great visionary in full flight. 

*Also includes a faery funeral.


 
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William Blake - Nov 28 1757 - Aug 12 1827.  William was 43 when he moved to Felpham, Sussex.  Largely unrecognised for his own creative work during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts.  Artists as diverse as maurice sendak, patti smith, Aldous Huxley, Jim morrison & Allan Ginsberg have all claimed to be directly influenced by Blake.

Blake was a jobbing engraver & printer by trade and his growing reputation for being slow & difficult meant that he was struggling to find work in London in the late 1790s.

 Blake was considered mad by his contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views yet he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. 

Catherine Sophia Blake - 25 April 1762 – 18 October 1831.  Catherine was 38 when she moved to Felpham with William. Catherine not only took an active role in the production of William's engravings and illuminated books; she also ran the household finances and offered strong practical support.

It is widely acknowledged that the Blake's were exceptionally broke during those last years of the 18th century. It is possible that Catherine was the driving force for moving out of Williams beloved London to Sussex as the offer from the Poet William Hayley was to good to resist.

William & Catherine remained together until his death in 1827.

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The Cottage still stands in Felpham, Sussex and is at this time looking to be renovated back to how it was when the Blakes lived there and to have a museum block built in the garden.

At the time when the Blake's moved, the cottage appears to have been run by landlords of the fox inn (only 1 minute from the cottage).

There were also 2 soldiers billeted at Felpham who stayed in the stables at the rear of the inn. Britain was at war with France. It was one of these soldiers that William would find in his garden towards the end of their stay in Sussex.

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"ETERNITY IS IN LOVE WITH THE

PRODUCTIONS OF TIME".

WILLIAM BLAKE