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Copyright © 2010 Epoh Beech

The Marriage of the Thames and the Rhine

The historical and geographical relationship between Germany and England and the Thames and the Rhine rivers, through the eyes of a time traveling seal, called Hermes, and Pegasus the mythological horse.

Film notes

Epoh Beech’s hand drawn animation is a re-imagining of Francis Beaumont’s 17th Century tome The Masque of the Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn “The Marriage of the Thames and the Rhine” This Jacobean ‘masque’ was performed at Whitehall Palace in 1613, forming an integral part of the nuptials of Elizabeth, the daughter of King James I to Frederick V. The pairing was a metaphorical marriage of Germany with England, and a symbolic union of the Thames and the Rhine.
The animation is an investigation into the historic relationship between the
Rhine and the Thames. Central characters in the narrative are Hermes, in the
form of a seal, and Pegasus the mythological horse, both bearing witness to the voyage of the imagination, unhindered by the straightjacket of history and time. Pegasus not only represents justice and wisdom, but also acts as a muse to the Poets.
The animation has a dual meaning; it is both symbolic meditation on a journey into the unknown through the eyes of Pegasus and the seal, both on a quest to heal old wounds and create a sense of unity in their universe; and also an exploration of the geographical history of the Thames and Rhine, which at the end of the last ice age (10,00 years ago) formed one single river


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Copyright © 2010 Epoh Beech

Awards and nominations

Best Animation
2 Sep – 19 Sep | United Kingdom

Previous screenings

2 Sep – 19 Sep | London, United Kingdom
Bootleg Film Festival | 2011
4 Feb – 6 Feb | London, United Kingdom
5 Feb | Göteborg, Sweden
Athens Animfest | 2011
17 Mar – 23 Mar | Athens, Greece

Latest press reviews/articles

“... Epoh Beech has made the most exquisite animation film ...”
9 Sep 2015 | Mary-Lu Bakker | Notting Hill Post
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