DAVID reviews

4 December 2017

Free The Nipple

by Syd Briscoe


Short Films: “Nipples” - 3 mins 40s

Matt Lambert addresses the sexist censorship of nipples in the age of social media in this confrontational film, created for Nowness' 'Define Beauty' series. The poetic script, written by Alex Holder, confronts the idea that female nipples are any more deserving of censorship than their male counterparts.

Contrast between the voiceover - provided by model, activist and founder of 'Gurls Talk', Adwoa Aboah - and visuals is delicately drawn, as harshly critical lines are delivered over soft images of bodies. The film doesn't shy away from any aspect of the issue at hand - sexualisation, public breastfeeding, digital double-standards - and leaves the viewer unable to ignore the argument.

With 'Free The Nipple' as its starting point, this film delves into the wider context of unequal censorship and reaches a conclusion which is impossible to argue. Provocative, necessary work with beautiful photography to back up its message.


Commissioner: Katie Metcalfe
Film Production: Iconoclast Ⓦ
Director: Matt Lambert (repped in the UK by PrettyBird Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Jannis Birsner
Executive Producer: Nils Schwemer
Cinematography: Christopher Aoun
Editor: Andi Pek
Colourist: Gregory Reese @ The Mill Ⓦ
Animation: Hayley Morris
Audio Mix: Wave Ⓦ
Voiceover: Adwoa Aboah
Written By: Alex Holder
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