Peter Warlock: Some Little Joy


A film about a man who, by his death at thirty six, had composed some of the most perfect gems of English songwriting and elevated hedonism to an art form.

The present day: Two prospective members of the eccentric Peter Warlock Society have arrived at the Antelope, an old fashioned pub in Eaton Terrace London. They are welcomed by members of the society, who introduce them to the story of Philip Heseltine – pen name Peter Warlock.

We go back to the bohemian world of mid twenties England, riotous episodes where Warlock and cronies such as composers Jack Moeran and Lord Berners mix with artists of the magnitude of Augustus John, and folk singer Harry Cox. Warlock’s relationships with women are explored with specific reference to his long time girlfriend Barbara Peache, his exotic ex-wife Puma and spiritual soul mate Winifred Baker. As the roaring twenties race towards their conclusion, Warlock realises that he has to make an attempt to settle down and accept the reality that despite his undoubted genius, the musical elite will never welcome him.

By 1930 he has largely ceased composing, and whilst remaining a monumental thorn in the side of the musical and literary establishment has ceased to be a creative force in his own right. As we come back to the present day the Chairman of the Peter Warlock Society describes Warlock’s suicide to the new recruits – a loose gas tap, an open verdict and the loss of an extraordinary figure who rivalled Purcell as a composer, Shaw as a critic and who elevated hedonism to an art form.

 The best thing of its kind since Ken Russell’s Delius – The Oldie



Peter Warlock/ Philip Heseltine Mark Dexter

Barbara Peache Lucy Brown

Puma Maimie McCoy

Winifred Baker Georgina Rich

RELEASE DATE: 25/08/2008


BARCODE: 635212000298

1. The Peter Warlock Society

2. Welcome to Eynsford

3. Delius and Jelka in France

4. Barbara and Philip

5. Edith and Walter

6. The bet

7. Off to Oxford

8. The Antelope

9. The Arts Club

10. The Journey home (“Pavane”)

11. Philip needs Winifred

12. The Cloths of Heaven

13. Off to Norfolk

14. The Peter Warlock Society

15. Puma

16. Philip drunk – The Five Bells, Eynsford

17. Sleep

18. A new start

19. Farewell to Eynsford

20. Philip and the Delius’s

21. Philip and Winifred at the lake

22. Van Dieren at the Antelope

23. The Fox

24. Edith and Walter disappointed

25. The Frostbound Wood

26. The Peter Warlock Society

27. The end (Pieds-en-l’air)

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