After the screening, Mehwish Bhopal, Amy Dawson and Judy Newsome from the BA Performance in BSL and English course ask Louise Stern and Claire Wetherall about the short film Boat. When questioned about the decision not to subtitle the film, Stern mentions that she “wanted people to watch the film and experience what it was like from the perspective of a deaf person. What was important was the feelings and emotions of the characters.” Emotion and communication is a link between all the films featured and the selection of short films presents the various methods in which people can correspond with one another. Each film has its own drama and focus and allows the audience to experience this communication from different perspectives.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Glasgow Film Theatre present a programme of deaf shorts.
. A Woman Like Me (UK/Denmark, 2017) is a documentary directed by Isabel Lilia Morales Bondy and presents the meetings of two cultures as a deaf/blind Danish woman visits a woman in Nepal who lives with the same condition, foregrounding how people can communicate through cultural barriers. Le Prochain (Spain, 2018) directed by Raul Herrera also has communication as its main theme, focusing on a single mother attempting to get her eight-year-old daughter interested in the music of Bach. The final film is Boat (UK, 2018) directed by Louise Stern, featuring a young deaf girl who rents a room in a house boat. The “captain” of the boat is eccentric and aggressive and has his own struggles when communicating. The characters converse by writing on post-it notes, envelopes and notepads, which are shown onscreen and demonstrate how the written word can be powerful when it is the only way that a group of people can correspond with one another.