Animated Awareness: a review of ‘Centrefold’

Here’s a review of the launch of ‘Centrefold’, Ellie’s new film, which was premiered last week at the Wellcome Trust in London. Friend of the blog Bella Honess Roe was there and here are her thoughts.

You will be able to watch the film on the Centrefold site from Friday. Watch this space and we’ll keep you posted…

Animating Documentary

Last week I went to the launch of Centrefold, at the Wellcome Trust in London.  The film, directed by Ellie Land (one half of the team behind this great animated docs blog), is about female genital cosmetic surgery and aims to provide a non-judgemental look at labia surgery and ‘encourage informed discussion’ on the topic.  It certainly provoked debate at the Q&A session after the screening last week, with a panel made up of Dr Phil Hammond, the director, consultant gynaecologist Sarah Creighton, consultant clinical psychologist Lih-Mei Liao, artist Jamie McCartney and psychoanalyst Susie Orbach.  In particular, things got heated around whether the film was balanced and the reasons that motivate women to have this surgery.

I was interested in the points made by Jamie about using animation, and art in general, to tackle tricky subjects and Ellie’s comments that animation helps you get closer to…

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‘An Eyeful of Sound’ by Samantha Moore

Here’s Samantha Moore’s 2010 film on synaesthesia, produced by Joshka Wessels of Sapiens Productions and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Screened at many international festivals the film has won several awards including Best Experimental Animation, Scinema Science Film Festival.

http://www.samanthamoore.co.uk/#/an-eyeful-of-sound/4516109011

‘A is for Autism’ by Tim Webb

If you don’t know this film, then you should! I certainly consider it one of the films which inspired me in what animation could do.

Director Tim Webb worked with autistic children and adults whose artwork informed the visual style of the film, as well as describing their experiences in the soundtrack.

The DVD is available here.

‘Hysteria’ by Alys Scott Hawkins

Here’s the film I made in my first year of the Animation MA course at the Royal College of Art. The brief was to make an extremely short film, starting from the word ‘bedlam’, which led me from the history of mental health care to treatments of the medical condition hysteria in Victorian Britain.

Detailing clitoridectomy and genital massage, it is not for the faint-hearted!

http://www.alyshawkins.co.uk/hysteria

Awards: Best Film, Compass of Desire Film Festival, Bristol, U.K. 2009

‘Bun in the Oven’ by Alys Scott Hawkins

This was my first animated documentary, and the graduation film I made on the BA (Hons) Media Production course at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

An exploration of the changing forms and feelings of the female body throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

Awards:
Best Experimental Film, BAF! 2000 Bradford Animation Festival, National Museum of Photography, Film and Television 2000
Special Commendation, Royal Television Society (North East) 1999

http://www.alyshawkins.co.uk/bunintheoven