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2 September 2020

Catharsis after Covid.

by Syd Briscoe

Short Films: “Unspoken” - 7 mins 05s

Losing a loved one is always a soul-ripping event, regardless of the circumstances, but being denied the opportunity to say goodbye is a uniquely awful trauma. Such a tragedy was sadly forced on choreographer Paul Lightfoot, whose father passed away at the height of lockdown.

Using audio from phone messages and footage of Lightfoot and dancer Sebastian Haynes in remote rehearsal, 'Unspoken' captures an attempt to process the loss and create something beautiful in its wake. The dance itself is stunning, captured in a cathedral-like space which emphasises the piece's internal grief.

Repressed trauma and emotional damage acquired due to Covid-19 is only just starting to be processed by many, and this film offers a poignant and necessary reminder that something can come out of such senseless loss. Lightfoot's final reaction to the finished performance makes for a particularly moving end, too.

Film Production: Merman Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: William Armstrong
Cinematographer: Jacob Møller
Choreography: Paul Lightfoot
Editor: Stephen Dunne Ⓦ @ tenthree Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Nicke Cantarelli
Composer: Alexander McKenzie
Performance: Sebastian Haynes

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