Posted on 3 March 2015
York’s Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2) and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television will present films and comedy around the theme of health, including how individuals and society perceive health issues, and topical subjects such as the transmission of disease and terminal illness.
Taking place at York City Screen on the evenings of Thursday 19, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 March, films created by academics at the University in partnership with artists and directors both local and further afield will be screened alongside commercial feature films.
On Thursday 19 March, Mind and Body: different takes on disease will feature two short films and the critically acclaimed French film Untouchable. Also on the bill are Jane’s Story, a short animation depicting a teenager dealing with a disability, and Voice by Choice, a short comedy exploring the limitations and misunderstandings arising from not being able to use your own voice box. The Department of Theatre, Film and Television’s Dr Sandra Pauletto will introduce the two locally produced and directed films, followed by a Q&A.
On Thursday 26 March from 6pm, Health, Mind and Body: Three New Short Films, will feature a second screening of Jane’s Story, followed by the critically acclaimed Transmission contemporary dance piece. Preceded by a short introduction and Q&A with both films’ producers, the evening will culminate in a screening of Tender - a moving and uplifting Australian documentary about a town’s journey in establishing its own not-for-profit, bespoke funeral service. The Department of English and Related Literature’s Catherine Oakley will introduce the film.
Comedy entertainment will take place in the Basement Bar on Friday 27 March with Your good health: cutting-edge comedy and stand-up research. Featuring talks about C2D2-sponsored research and several specially commissioned comedy sketches from York student theatre company ‘Platform’, the night will begin with a performance by ‘Lost Voice Guy’, recent winner of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award 2014.
Alongside these events, an exhibition from 26 March - 8 April outside the entrance to the screens will showcase five two-metre high images from Symbiogenesis and new sculptures inspired by viral structural symmetry from Visualisations in Mathematical Biology.
Philip Kerrigan, Outreach Coordinator for C2D2, said: “C2D2 has funded a number of impressive and well-received public engagement projects to date. These film and comedy evenings are designed to bring together a number of projects to new audiences at a new venue, the highly popular City Screen Cinema in the centre of York. The three films explore themes of disability and disease using a variety of forms, including documentary, animation and artistic performance, and communicate their ideas with humour, insight, creativity and humanity.”
Dr Sandra Pauletto, Deputy Director of C2D2 and an academic in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said: “This is a unique opportunity to look at topics such as illness and disease from perhaps unexpected perspectives. In particular, these events highlight how humour and beauty can still be found even in the most challenging of human experiences. These positive attitudes are very powerful both as personal strategies to deal with diseases and as ways of talking about these topics to different people.
“Prepare to be surprised, to laugh, to become emotional, to learn new things and to be amazed by unexpected beauty. All of this in a few hours: don’t miss it!”