Using the late WG Sebald's book The Rings of Saturn as its template, Grant Gee's wide-ranging documentary traces the immensely respected author's account of a walk through Suffolk; a tour which prompted tangential musings upon history, literature, life, death, decay and immortality.
The writer was born in Bavaria in 1944 but moved to England in 1970, settling in Norwich, where he taught at the University of East Anglia until his death in a car crash in 1995. Gee's film, shot mainly in grainy black and white, journeys the same sections of Suffolk countryside, coastal margins and urban areas as Sebald's peregrination.
The cinematography is accompanied by extracts from The Rings of Saturn, read by actor Jonathan Pryce, along with contributions from a few of the many people who knew or were influenced by the author and academic, including artist Tacita Dean, writer Robert Macfarlane, cultural historian Marina Warner, poet Andrew Motion and author Iain Sinclair.
(2012) Cert: 12