January 1, 1998 | 2h 10m
Michael Feast, Walter Sparrow, Smith Fern, Jonathan Waistnidge, Steve Huison, Audrey Haggerty, Dave Hill, Tim Hall, Ian Clayton, Roger Green, Paul Knaggs, James Banks, Alan Hobson, Dave Parker, Chris Franklin, Stewart Merrill, Paul Windmill, Catherine Pidd, Maureen Craven, Beverley Ashby, Sue Barker, Sandra Hookham, Claire Hookham, Jane Riley, Beverley Brighton
A contemporary story based on the myth of Prometheus, who gave fire to man by stealing it from the Gods. Using Tony Harrison's poem, the film narrates an allegory of man's cursed misuse of fire, power and industry. Miners from a closed pit in England are taken by Hermes, melted into a statue of Prometheus, and taken on a tour of Europe, to the sites of man's worst atrocities. While one old man argues back to Hermes, the statue travels to Dresden, to Auschwitz, to Eastern Europe and finally to Greece.