Films on Writers
This film was made while the Sandanista government of Nicaragua was struggling against the heavilyarmed incursions of the CIA backed Contras. It looks at a government that was almost entirely made up of distinguished writers, such as Tomas Borge, Ernesto Cardinal, and the Vice President, Sergio Ramirez.
The Volcano, the ruined city and the lake
Nancy Banks-Smith: The Guardian:
Nicaragua is run by poets and creative writes . If you aren't a poet, people kick sand in your face in the Nicaraguan cabinet. As Tony Knox's rather beautiful South Bank Show demonstrated, they are a colourful bunch . . . .
John J. O'Connor: The New York Times: :
The independent documentary is showing tentative but heartening signs of renewed life on television these days. "Nicaragua: Writing and Politics," part of a series culled from the British-made "South Bank Show" is significant on that score.
Maire Mannik: Adelaide Review: :
The best-selling crime writer, author of the "Inspector Rebus" books, goes on a voyage of exploration around the hidden corners of his native city of Edinburgh.
The author of "Wilt" and "Porterhouse Blue" reveals how his father sent him off to boarding school with a copy of "Mein Kampf".
Author of "The Newton Letter", "Birchwood" and "The Book of Evidence", and probably the finest living prose stylist writing in English
The Irish poet in his landscape, filmed before he won the Nobel Prize.
On his native island of Saint Lucia. Also filmed before he won the Nobel Prize