NEW SHORTS: DOCS: Science & Nature - We Don't Need Our GCSEs
19:30 Sun 11 Jan 2015
Put your preconceptions aside and experience some radically new approaches to conveying the world around us. In this brilliant selection of shorts, you’ll find imaginative, subversive, personal and striking ways of exploring science and nature. Forget talking heads and lab coats, prepare for animation, contemplation, humour, poetry, abstraction and expressionism. GCSEs are out, learning is in.
Katy Davis 3 mins (, 2014)The audio of this RSA short is of Dr Brené Brown who spoke at the RSA on The Power of Vulnerability. She talks about the difference between sympathy and empathy and argues that to be truly empathetic you have to be vulnerable by connecting with someone’s pain in yourself.
Olga Yakimenko 11 mins (, 2014)A colourful and fun documentary about naturally-occurring patterns. The film's presenter, Lawrence, destroys the notion that science reduces the beauty of our world, and shows that knowledge only makes it more wondrous. He explains that mathematics is a flexible tool capable of studying the seemingly chaotic patterns around us, showing that all matter around us follows the same simple rules.
Susan Aldworth 7 mins (, 2014)Memoirs, is loosely based on Daniel Paul Schreber’s 1903 autobiography Memoirs of My Nervous Illness- a visceral account of his mental collapse into psychosis. He believed that he was chosen to redeem the world, and could do so if he was transformed into a woman. Using archive footage from the Wellcome Library, we create a collage of his extraordinary memoirs.
Marianne Skovdahl 25 mins (, 2014)A young woman takes on a personal journey towards coming to terms with her poorly understood sound sensitivity disorder. With help from her psychologist and other Misophonia sufferers, she shares the turmoil and suffering the disorder brings; as well as its newly obtained positive place within her life.
Katie Goodwin 14 mins (, 2014)Small Wonders follows microbiologist Terence Preston’s 50 year scientific journey into discovering how single-celled organisms move at the air-water interface. The film provides a rare and humorous insight into this hidden amoebae world. Its centrepiece is a hypnotic 16mm film of a groundbreaking experiment shot by Preston in 1972 edited together with found footage of people acting in amoebae-like ways.
Temujin Doran 12 mins (, 2014)This is a short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. It is based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp, and was shot in Iceland.