Adam Scovell: The Attempt


I’ve mentioned Adam Scovell’s films before, and this is his latest one: The Attempt. Inspired by a key moment in the life of the poet Edward Thomas, it depicts the subject in the trough of one of his many depressions. This was 1911, three years before the outbreak of World War 1, and Thomas had gone for one of his many walks into the woods. This time though, he had a loaded gun in his pocket and was prepared to end it all. On that day, something stayed his hand, but six years later during the Battle Of Arras, he was shot and killed. He’s now considered one of the most significant British poets of the 20th century, and I certainly get a lot from his ruminations on nature and memory and mortality.

Adam Scovell – The Attempt


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