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Omnibus: John Clare


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' I Am ... '
A film biography by DAVID JONES with Freddie Jones as John Clare
I am - yet what I am, none cares or knoivs (John Clare )
John Clare (1792-1864), farm labourer, had three obsessions: his youthful love for Mary Joyce , the countryside of his native Northamptonshire, and the need to celebrate both in his poetry.
Clare cracked under the increasing strain of poverty and neglect, and spent the last 23 years of his life in Northampton General Lunatic Asylum. He imagined himself to be Lord Byron, a bigamist, and a prize-fighter; but the poems of his madness are perhaps the most remarkable he ever wrote. Clare's asylum foretells our need for an asylum, his deprivation foretells our deprivation
(Geoffrey Grigson)
Commentary spoken by TONY CHURCH
Film cameraman MICHAEL WILLIAMS Film editor JOHN BLAND
Written and directed by DAVID JONES (from BBC Midlands)
(David Jones and Patrick Stewart are members of the Royal Shakespeare Company; Tony Church appears by permission of the Northcott Theatre, Exeter)


Unknown: David Jones
Unknown: Freddie Jones
Unknown: John Clare
Unknown: John Clare
Unknown: John Clare
Unknown: Mary Joyce
Spoken By: Tony Church
Unknown: Michael Williams
Designer: Charles Carroll
Directed By: David Jones
Unknown: David Jones
Unknown: Patrick Stewart
Parker, Clare's father: Gerald Lawson
Ann, his mother: Elizabeth Croft
Young Clare: Martin Howells
Mary Joyce: Sharon Gurney
Patty Clare: Jenny Heslewood
Marquess of Exeter: Jonathan Dennis
Taylor, Clare's publisher: Brian Tully
Cyrus Redding: Patrick Stewart
W F Knight: Patrick Godfrey

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