OCTOBER 2019 SHORTLIST
ARE PILLS FOR ILLS, OR ILLS FOR PILLS?
Pinkie Maclure, 58
In my youth in the 80s and 90s, I witnessed the tragic loss of many friends to addictive drugs, especially heroin.
I saw lively, creative young people become cynical and apathetic, haunted by the spectre of addiction. Many ended up on the streets or in jail.
I never expected opiods to become a state-run business…
DO WE NEED ANY MORE HEROES?
Dylan Moore, 28 | Leyla Josephine, 28
Heroes was written by Leyla Josephine and the film was created by Dylan Moore. The collaboration started with a mutual knowledge of the criminal justice system both in a personal and professional context. Dylan has a family member in prison and Leyla has worked as a poet with prisoners. They both worked intensively with Vox Liminis – an arts organisation working within the criminal justice system. Heroes is a response to our experience within the context of a poetry film. Rather than force a clear cut answer or position for it’s audience, Heroes intends to weave narratives together that paint a picture of toxic masculinity. The word Heroes itself signifies a mask that many males are forced to wear, and this became the catalyst that created a vast landscape of experiences…
WHAT MAKES ME “ME” WITH DEMENTIA?
Ewan Black, 26 | Matt Jessup, 30
In a joint project, my friend and production partner, Matt Jessup, interviewed his father following a diagnosis of early-onset dementia. The film moves through chapters of past, present and future; reflecting on the life he has created, demonstrating Paul’s willingness to be useful, as well as recording his concerns for the future, which turned out to be a lot more selfless than we expected.
The film aims to highlight several misconceptions about the disease – that it only affects the elderly, and that it only attacks memory…
IS TRUE ARROGANCE BETTER THAN FALSE HUMILITY?
Oliver Richard, 30
The internet is replacing our short human memory. Now nothing is forgotten; we churn in an indelible tomb of past transgressions. Hyper-accountable, we endure the daily threat of trials by Twitter, cancel culture, and social media backlash. We pray false modesty, fake humility and carefully moderated opinion will save us. And so, to back yourself entirely and declare that perhaps “they don’t deserve me” is an increasingly provocative option. I explore that idea in this song and accompanying video…
SHOULD I BE ALLOWED TO LIVE, AND DIE, ALONE?
Lizzie MacKenzie, 29
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately… and not, when I came to die, discover I had not lived” – Henry David Thoreau (1817-62)
People have always been fascinated by those who step away from society to live a simple life in natural surroundings. From Thoreau’s Walden in 1852 to Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild in 1996. Yet, with the trappings of modern society, this way of life is becoming increasingly rare…
WHAT IMPACT CAN A COMMUNITY HAVE?
Daisy Thomson, 20
This essay is many things, a love story, a family history, the history of an organisation, but most importantly this is an essay about the incredible value of community, and the life-changing effects it can have not just on an individual but on generations. It does this through the lens of my own family history and the story of an amazing but little known institution – The Caldecott Community…