Skeptical, much?

Preview ‘Black Mountain Poets’

When I first read the synopsis for this movie (my précis):

Two sisters steal a car and take on the identities of the owners: two poets about to speak at a conference for poets.

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I thought: “What could go wrong, right?

Because, of course, being a poet (or a writer/musician/artist) is really easy, and it would be so simple to bluff your way through being a guest speaker at a conference of people who have a) heard of you and read your work, and b) are practitioners themselves. I mean, it’s not like they were going to pretend to deliver a paper on astro-physics, or something…

I thought: this could be interesting and hilarious, or it could be incredibly awful, which might also be funny.

Then I discovered that Alice Lowe is one of the actors. She’s great in the BBC (children’s) comedy, Horrible Histories’. And now that I’ve watched this preview video (2:23), I can’t wait to see it!

This movie has just been featured at the ‘South by South West Interactive 2016’ (SXSW2016).

The official description says that it’s a narrative drama about relationships, and emotional journeys, not just about comedy or romance, so it should also have some depth.


Two professional con artist sisters Lisa and Claire go on the run after being caught trying to steal a JCB. They decide to lie low by assuming the identities of the owners of their escape vehicle and become The Wilding Sisters, guest stars of the Poet’s Poetry Society retreat in the depths of the Black Mountains. Thinking this will be an easy task, they don’t count on the presence of handsome poet Richard and his jealous girlfriend Louise. Competing for a large cash prize, the two sisters are forced to confront not only their relationship but also their place in the world. Can they survive the competition and learn to appreciate the powerful beauty of the Black Mountains?

The reviews on this page are positive, so I’d say: if you like British humour or quirky, awkward romantic comedy, personal growth stories, family drama and love triangles, this movie is one that you should watch out for! I sure will be!

I like that ‘sort of Celtic sounding’ song too: “I am a mountain that you cannot climb”.

Black Mountain Poets

Black Mountain Poets

I’m kind of hoping that they actually win that poetry competition!

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