Featuring Ted Hughes reading what he considered his career masterpiece, this film tells the visceral story of CROW, the lead character from this seminal cycle of poems - a dark reworking of the Genesis story. Music by Leafcutter John. Poetry © Faber, FSG.
CROW - Written and Read by Ted Hughes
Producer / Director - Yoav Segal
Assistant Director - Alasdair Beckett-King
Composer - Leafcutter John
Theatrical Concept - Mervyn Millar
Art Director - Holly Waddington
Animators - Yoav Segal, Alasdair Beckett King, Nandita Jain, Aindri Chakraborty
Model Maker / Ideas Machine - Daisy Popham
Studio-mate - Zach Walker
Colourist - Ross Birkbeck / Singer Street
Sound Mix - Seb Juliver / SNK Studios
DCP conversion - Onsight
Story Consultant - Mikey Please
Project Consultant - Heather O’Connell
Thanks - Wessen Jazrawi, Simon Paul, Toby Trackman
The material started life as part of the Handspring UK theatrical production ‘CROW’.
Director - Mervyn Millar
Composer - Leafcutter John
Dramaturg - Matthew Dunster
Designer - Holly Waddington
Choreographer - Ben Duke
Lighting Designer - Lucy Carter
Handspring Executive Director - Natasha Bucknor
Producer - Matthew Jones
Production Manager - Ben Payne
“The Door,” “Crow’s Vanity,” and “Crow Hears Fate Knock on the Door” from ‘Collected Poems’ by Ted Hughes. Copyright © 2003 by The Estate of Ted Hughes. Used by permission of Faber and Faber Ltd and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
With thanks to Carol Hughes, Emma Cheshire at Faber and Faber and Victoria Fox at FSG.
Music © Leafcutter John 2014
© Yoav Segal / Atime Productions MMXIV
Encounters Film Festival 2014
Animest (Bucharest) 2014
Zinebi (Bilboa) 2014
Leeds International 2014 'Best of British'
Sleepwalkers Cinema 2014
Foyle Film Festival 2014
London Short Film Festival 2015
Tripoteca Film Festival 2015
Lanzarote International Film Festival 2015
Mecal Barcelona 2015
Edinburgh Film Festival / McLaren Animation Awards 2015
Tate Modern Turbine Festival 2015
The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus 2015
L'Etrange Festival 2015
Shiver Genre Film Festival Constance 2015
'Horribly hypnotic and unnervingly beautiful, the Apocalyptic assault of Creation is made impulsive and frightening and pure in Yoav Segal’s adaptation of Ted Hughes’ seminal cycle of poems, CROW...
We feel it. It is visceral. It is real. There is a sense of haptic visuality, as the eyes of the skin feel the very pulse of CROW and Creation course hot-blooded through cold veins and searing flesh. The very skin of the film is inscribed, microscopically, indexically, with the keenly felt presence of life in its initial, most primal sense. As micro and macro collide, stars burst through cells into space and under skin, and in every ‘vital fibre’ of my being, I am CROW.'
Hannah Clarkson, Take One
Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet
Bridlington Poetry Festival
‘In Crow, a recording of Ted Hughes reciting his own poetry is set to wondrous animation under Yoav Segal’s direction. Its symmetrical imagery is evocative of nebulae, smoke, biological structures, fire, rock, and other natural phenomena; its darkness and mystique respond to and amplify Hughes’s poetry.'
Sasha Burik, Savage Online