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Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Film (Excerpts) – 2009

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Edgar Allen Poe's tales of murder, burial, and ominous ravens have inspired movies, nightmares ... and an eclectic musical suite by saxophonist Lucien Johnson, which he first performed live with Wellington’s Village of the Idiots. With the aid of some home-cooked CGI, director Geoff Murphy mixes concert footage, fantastical imagery, interviews and spoken word to put it on screen. Family and friends help round out the crew. The results echo Murphy's early, genre-stretching days with ensemble Blerta, this time with themes of mortality mixing in with the horns.

The music was the source for the visuals. Usually you make the music to fit a film. This is the other way round. Poe was obsessed with madness, death and the macabre, but the music for this [film] isn't necessarily dour. Some of it's very carnival-like.
– Geoff Murphy in The Wellingtonian, 16 July 2009

Key Cast & Crew

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Geoff Murphy

Director, Special Effects, Camera

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Lucien Johnson

Producer, Composer, Sound, Performer

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Anthony Donaldson

Producer, Performer

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Chris Palmer

Narrator

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Patrick Bleakley

Performer

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Gaylene Preston

Camera

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Music

Music composed by Lucien Johnson and played by Village of the Idiots. Music available to buy under the title The Night's Plutonian Shore at Amplifier

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