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Prometheus (1998)

Prometheus is a contemporary quest story set in end-of-millennium Britain and continental Europe. It asks what humanity has made of Prometheus' gift of fire - energy, technology, expertise, but also destruction, pollution and war.

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Tony Harrison

Writer:

Tony Harrison
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Credited cast:
Michael Feast ... Hermes
Walter Sparrow ... Grandad
Fern Smith Fern Smith ... Mam
Jonathan Waistnidge Jonathan Waistnidge ... Jack
Steve Huison ... Dad
Audrey Haggerty Audrey Haggerty ... Grandma
Dave Hill Dave Hill ... Miner
Catherine Pidd Catherine Pidd ... Daughter of Ocean
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverley Ashby Beverley Ashby ... Daughter of Ocean
James Banks James Banks ... Miner
Sue Barker Sue Barker ... Daughter of Ocean
Beverley Brighton Beverley Brighton ... Daughter of Ocean
Linda Callear Linda Callear ... Daughter of Ocean
Ian Clayton Ian Clayton ... Miner
Maureen Craven Maureen Craven ... Daughter of Ocean
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Prometheus is a contemporary quest story set in end-of-millennium Britain and continental Europe. It asks what humanity has made of Prometheus' gift of fire - energy, technology, expertise, but also destruction, pollution and war.

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Country:

Canada | UK

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English | Greek | German | Bulgarian

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16 April 1999 (UK) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color
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The statue of Prometheus that is built in the film weighed 1.2 tonnes and was covered in 4,800 sheets of gold leaf paper. It now lives in writer-director Tony Harrison's garden - he refers to it as his "garden gnome". See more »

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Brilliant poetic take on the defeat of the UK working class
9 January 2014 | by mcmullin_jSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it was released in the cinemas many years ago and don't know how I might see it again. It was probably one of the least commercial films to be made by Film Four, with a big chunk of Arts Council money. It would probably seem incomprehensible to many people but for those of us who grew up in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, it makes a lot of sense. The film looks back over sixty years of European history and politics; the actors speak completely in verse; it's intelligent and darkly funny. It's unlike other film I've ever seen. It does have the quality of a lecture or political discourse and that isn't why a lot of people go to see movies but for those people interested in art that really pushes the boundaries and that requires thought then it's definitely worth a watch.


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