KNOWN UNTO GOD
Commissioned for Fierce Light by Writers Centre Norwich, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and 1418NOW. Screened at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016. Voiced by Stella Duffy, with Sound Design by Phil Archer.
Mud and and pigment animation interpreting Bill Manhire's poem about tragic death of youths in WW1, comprised of 14 short epitaphs for unknown NZ soldiers killed at the Somme, and for unnamed refugees drowning as they flee from wars now, 100 years later.
The film has been selected for screening at the following: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016, O Bhéal Poetry Film Festival 2016, Zebra Poetry Film Festival 2016, Interfilm 32nd International Short Film Festival Berlin 2016, 14th London Short Film Festival 2017, Finalist in AltFF Alternative Film Festival Toronto March 2017, Short Waves Festival 2017 Poland, Lyrical Visions Festival New Zealand 2019.
"Known Unto God writes the epitaphs to the lost of our world: those fallen soldiers of the Somme whose bodies were never found; those refugees of today who drown seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Bill Manhire and Suzie Hanna have created a bold and powerful memorial to the voiceless, and a reminder that WW1 was a conflict that shook the entire world, and that our lives have grown ever more interconnected since. " Sam Ruddock, Writers Centre Norwich