Following a successful open call application and a screening at the BFI, graduates of LCC’s MA Documentary Film course have had their short film broadcast on BBC Four.
Gareth Johnson, Jill Damatac Futter and Hanna Aqvilin collaborated on ‘In Other Words‘, a 10-minute film documenting the lives of three young poets who have found a way of coping with their mental health issues through spoken word poetry.
Partnering with Poetic Unity, an organisation encouraging young people to deal with issues through poetry, the filmmakers were briefed to create ‘unique interpretations of British life’, as part of the ‘Listen to Britain 2017‘ collection, and received awards of up to £5,000 to aid their visions.
“In one sense it is about mental health but what really interested us about the story was how these three young people had found a community in which they could listen to others and be heard. Poetry seemed to make this possible, in a way which wouldn’t be possible in their everyday lives. This seemed important to us in a contemporary Britain which is, in many ways, divided,” Gareth explained.
We got in touch with LCC grads Gareth and Hanna to find out more about In Other Words…