LSFF is very pleased to be back doing the rounds with How to Deaf, this year’s edition of our regional tour of Deaf shorts and stories for Deaf and Hard of Hearing cinema-goers.
This spring, we’ll be doing the full breadth of our small island - from Dundee to Lewes! - with a programme of fully captioned short cinema with a mix of BSL, ASL and LSE curated by our in-house Deaf programmer Zoë McWhinney.
There’ll also be complementary talks and discussions with local artists and activists which we’ll be regularly updating on this blog, so get dates in diaries and do check back in! Please be sure to check each venue’s individual listing for their screening’s full access provisions and event details.
This programme is supported by the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.
Image: If You Knew by Stroma Cairns
Save the date!
Glasgow Film Theatre, 3rd March 2020, 6pm + Q&A with writer-director Jed Shepherd (Dawn of the Deaf) and actors Lewis MacDougall & Emma Webb - Tickets
Tickets £6.50. There will be full access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing cinemagoers at this screening, including captions, BSL interpretation and Speech to Text Reporting (STTR). GFT’s access information can be found here.
The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 15th March 2020 - Tickets
Tickets £6. The Brewery Arts Centre’s access information can be found here.
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, 21st March 2020, 2.30pm - Tickets
Tickets £6. Square Chapel Arts Centre’s access information can be found here.
Watershed, Bristol, 29th March 2020 - Tickets live soon
Watershed’s access information can be found here. Many of the venue’s staff, including Box Office and their Café & Bar teams, have received basic training in BSL and there are BSL information videos at Box Office.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, 4th April 2020, 3.30pm - Tickets live soon
DCA’s access information can be found here.
Derby QUAD, 19th April 2020 - Tickets live soon
QUAD’s access information can be found here.
Lewes Depot, 20th April + discussion led by Omeima Mudawi, a local artist and advocate for better understanding between Deaf and Hearing worlds, and Arabic and Western cultures - Tickets
Depot’s access information can be found here.
Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre, Leicester, 25th April 2020 - Tickets live soon
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, 25th April 2020, 3pm - Tickets live soon
Information on Tyneside Cinemas’s Access Cinema offering can be found here.
Hippodrome Bo’ness, Falkirk, 26th April 2020 - Tickets live soon
Hippodrome’s access information can be found here.
HOME, Manchester, 6th May 2020 - Tickets live soon
HOME’s access information can be found here. HOME have a portable induction loop system at their Box Office and in their cinemas.
Image: Ernesto by Edgar Murillo
Short works from Deaf and hearing filmmakers navigate the ‘in between’ of the Deaf experience with documentaries and drama looking to the frisson and friction of silent connections, the vibrations of club life, moments of solace in the cacophony of the city, and bonds formed and fortified without the spoken word. Recommended 15 rating, approx. 78 mins running time.
Dachaligh (Home), Will Clark, UK, 2019, 10’ English subtitles
Lucy left England for Glasgow in search of something new. Starting with nothing, we follow her journey as she builds a new life, discovers her inner strength and ultimately the meaning of home. Dachaligh won Best Documentary at Deaffest 2019, and was commissioned by inclusivity-led Deaf theatre company, Solar Bear.
If You Knew, Stroma Cairns, UK, 2019, 6’ BSL and English subtitles
After months of fighting and no communication, teenage twin brothers Conner and Lewis come together to spend a day on a sun-bleached Canvey Island. Both being born with hearing loss, they overcome their challenges and rift to make a fresh start through fatherhood and family connection. Short Award Nominee at Sheffield Doc/Fest and recipient of the UK Special Mention at LSFF 2020. Trailer.
Intimacy, Ryan & Jackson Hogan, UK, 2018, 19’ English subtitles
A film told entirely through the alternating perspectives of a Deaf woman and a blind man as they go through the emotional turmoil of their first date. Trailer.
Móðir, Patrick Barklamb, UK, 2019, 5’ English subtitles
The story of how a young individual, the filmmaker, became deaf in his right ear with his mother saying his words and him saying his mother’s words. This is a portrait and testimony of what his life is now like reflecting on the experience.
Ernesto, Edgar Murillo, Spain, 2017, 13’ English subtitles
Ernesto discovers a new disease and doesn’t know how to face it.
A Sonic Pulse, Dorothy Allen-Pickard, UK, 2019, 7’ BSL and English subtitles
A documentary exploring how deaf people experience electronic music. Richard France, a deaf music producer, talks about losing himself to the beat and Troi Lee speaks of the first time he was refused entry to a club for using sign language in the queue. Helen describes how her cochlear implant inspired the sounds behind some of her electronic tracks. A Resident Advisor and Open City Documentary Festival commission.
Nice Talking to You, Saim Sadiq, US/Pakistan, 2018, 19’ ASL and English subtitles
Two strangers – both hearing persons – form an instant connection at an American Sign Language (ASL) event, talking exclusively in ASL. They spend the night together, strolling through NYC, enjoying a newfound attraction without a spoken word between them. After realising they’re each hearing persons, they shift to verbal communication and quickly lose their romantic spark. World premiere at SXSW.
Lead image: Nice Talking To You by Saim Sadiq