The Laughing Heart

SHOT BYSteven Bakewell

DIRECTORSteven Bakewell



A visual poem inspired by Charles Bukowski’s ‘the laughing heart’. Shot on both the Sony A7S MKII and Canon 5D MKII.

Shot and edited by: Steve Bakewell
Cast: Emily Stride
Voice: Tom Waits
Music: Tony Anderson
Camera Assistants: Michael Tselepis & Michael Cvejic

“your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.”

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