This animation was inspired by Margaret Postgate-Cole’s poem The Falling Leaves, which was written in 1915. This animation was made for the Wolverton Lantern Festival by a local film-maker, Rachel Wright, and a group of 23 children. The project was funded by Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council.
Today, as I rode by,
I saw the brown leaves dropping from their tree
In a still afternoon,
When no wind whirled them whistling to the sky,
But thickly, silently,
They fell, like snowflakes wiping out the noon;
And wandered slowly thence
For thinking of a gallant multitude
Which now all withering lay,
Slain by no wind of age or pestilence,
But in their beauty strewed
Like snowflakes falling on the Flemish clay.