Dreams of Evolution (2012)

Dreams of Evolution screened as a finalist at “Songs Interwoven of Lights” at the Queensland Poetry Festival, on Sunday 26 August as part of the 2012 QPF Filmmakers Challenge! www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com

“I can think of nothing sadder than a goldfish in a bowl. Swimming in tight circles, such a lonely soul…”
These are the opening lines of Dreams of Evolution, a poem that features in Kate Toon‘s crowd-funded self-published poetry book Gone Dotty.
We’ve all pondered the existence of a goldfish in a bowl. Maybe this goldfish will help us ponder our own existence and encourage our own dreams of evolution to turn into reality.

Credits:
Writer: Kate Toon
Director: Nick Bolton
DOP: Jonathan Adams
Producer: Nick Bolton
Narrator: Kim Knuckey
Sound Operator: Nick Bolton
Goldfish Poo wrangler: Kate Toon
Props: Nick Bolton
Editor: Steve Fanale
Music Editor: Steve Fanale
Grading: Jonathan Adams
Cast: Hercules II
With thanks to Emma Newman, Jim Hodgson, Toby Levins

Format: QuickTime
Ratio: 16:9
Frame rate 25fps
Duration: 3m 54s
Camera: Canon C300

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Dreams of Evolution by Kate Toon

I can think of nothing sadder than a goldfish in a bowl,
Swimming in tight circles, such a lonely fishy soul.
With your tiny bulbous eyes, that pine to see the sea,
Longing for a little lover, to share your dull eternity.

All you have for company is a silly plastic weed,
Nothing to look forward to, except tomorrow’s feed.
Some pathetic grubby pebbles form your universe’s base,
I see nothing but depression written on your orange face.

Is your memory so short that this all seems brand-new?
Or is that 18-second thing entirely untrue?
Do you ever go to sleep, in the darkness of the night,
And dream of evolution, growing wings and taking flight?

Such iridescent beauty, you’re the bauble of the sea;
If you were my finned captive, I’d be sure to set you free.

Written by Kate Toon
Published in the poetry book Gone Dotty
http://www.katetoon.com/stories/books/gone-dotty/

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