(some)Body to Love

(some)Body to Love

A selection of films that show us the power of our bodies and minds, the struggles we have with understanding them and the beauty in our mastery over the choices we can make about them.

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Directed by Libby Burke Wilde
Written by Lucy MacCarthy
Produced by Dog Eat Dog

Country: UK
Language: English
Duration: 4 mins
Fiction // Drama

As Chloe’s journey home from school is unexpectedly interrupted, she is forced to confront the agonising choice she made that morning. Like many young women in the UK, Chloe is faced with missing school or ‘making do’ when her period comes, unable to afford menstrual products. Based on true stories, Absent captures the reality of period poverty and that with the understanding of just one stranger, this silent stigma could be extinguished for good.

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GAY AS IN HAPPY: A QUEER ANTI-TRAGEDY

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Written & Directed by Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim
Produced by Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim & Rush Garrick

Country: Canada
Language: English
Duration: 3 mins
Documentary // Student // Queer

An experimental autoethnographical documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.

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KEVIN AND DAVE GO TO MONTREAL

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Written, Directed & Produced by Michelle Melles

Country: Canada
Language: English
Duration: 7 mins
Documentary // Student

There are over 280 million people around the world who hear voices and each one of them has a story. This is the story about Kevin Healey, a Toronto-based Hearing Voices Support Worker who personifies his main voice Dave Umbongo as a cool-looking puppet with sunglasses. Kevin & Dave visit Montreal for the World Hearing Voices Congress where they will hold a puppet-making workshop called Carnival des Voix (Carnival of Voices). This documentary expands our limited definitions of normalcy, embraces other ways of perceiving the world and asserts our humanity in an increasingly dehumanizing world.

MY BROTHER IS A MERMAID

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Written, Directed & Produced by Alfie Dale

Country: UK
Language: English
Duration: 20 mins
Fiction // Drama // Queer

My Brother is a Mermaid is a social realist fairytale about a trans-feminine teenager, as seen through the eyes of their 7 year old brother. Set in a desolate and prejudiced coastal town, the film examines how a child’s unconditional love can be a powerful and disruptive force for good.

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BEST UK FILM AWARD WINNER

Written & Directed by Steven Dorrington
Produced by Cara Weatherley

Country: UK
Language: English
Duration: 6 mins
Fiction // Drama

Teenager Emma suffers horrendous cyber bullying and her worse fears come true as the body shaming abuse she receives online begins to transform her appearance. She decides to take drastic action, which has disastrous consequences for herself and her family.

SOMETHING IN THE CLOSET

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Directed by Nosa Eke
Written by Nosa Eke & Alexandra Kessie
Produced by Andrew Oldbury & Holly Carrington

Country: UK
Language: English
Duration: 12 mins
Fiction // Drama // Queer

A queer teenager struggles with her sexuality, as desires manifest their way from the depths of her eerie closet into reality.

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Written, Directed & Produced by Kate Reid

Country: Canada
Language: English
Duration: 10 mins
Documentary // Queer

This is the story of Canadian singer-songwriter, Kate Reid, and how they came to the decision to undergo a surgery that dramatically altered her body. It is the story of how they felt about and in their body in relation to others, and the meaning that the world impressed upon their body before the surgery. Since having top surgery, Reid has felt more at home in her body than ever before. Like so many people in the world, Reid’s gender identity is hybrid and fluid. It is an assemblage of many different ideas, words, feelings, energies, lived experiences, and now, altered body parts. It is a gender that is somewhere in between.

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Directed by Isabella Wing-Davey
Written by Michelle Bonnard & Zoë Tapper
Produced by Sarah Beardsall

Country: UK
Language: English
Duration: 16 mins
Fiction // Drama

Susannah is not coping with her new baby and can’t stop moving away from him. She leaves him alone in the house and runs to a footbridge over a motorway where she has a chance encounter with on-the-go Rupa, a night-care worker.

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TOWARDS A BETTER BIRTH

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Directed by Everdien Wood
Written by Everdien Wood and Susan Hogan
Produced by Susan Hogan

Country: UK
Language: English
Duration: 8 mins
Documentary 

Towards a Better Birth explores the particular value of midwifery in giving women better births. The film hears women’s poignant testimonies about their birth experiences, and midwives share their aspirations for a good birth. The film is based on research conducted by Professor Susan Hogan using the arts to explore the birth experience from the point of view of birth professionals and mothers. The film emphasises that ‘Every woman has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to dignified, respectful care’ (World Health Organisation).

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