Neurostages | Film Screenings and Meet the Artists Discussion | Sat 16 Oct



When: Sat 16 October, 10.45am - 11.45am

Where: in person at the CCA and online, via Zoom.

A series of short films followed by a Q&A session with the artists, which will be chaired by Rachel Clive

Films include

What It Feels Like

What It Feels Like is an award-winning short animated documentary by Steven Fraser that investigates voice hearing. Small boxes that contain flip book style animation are presented to show the emotion that people who hear voices feel.

The documentary is experimental and expressive in its approach, where the positives and negatives combine to fully express the subversive nature of a misunderstood behaviour.

Writer/Director: Steven Fraser
Sound: Henrik Malmgren
Selected Cast: Rich Keeble, Krystal LaPorteva, Shannon N K, Sharon Menefee, Peter Jiang, Connor Marshall, Samuel Meza, Nathan Wilson.

Winner of the Self-Determination Award at the Neurodiversity Film Festival.

If You Could Touch Me Now

If You Could Touch Me Now is a student project by Anne Kjær, an autistic student at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, in which she explores film as social action and focuses on the intersection between disability and sensuality. Featuring Robert Softley Gale, artistic director of the Glasgow based Birds of Paradise Theatre Company, the film is a cinematic poem about touch and pleasure from the perspective of people with functional impairments.

Concept and production by Anne Kjær, performed by Robert Softley Gale and Anne Kjær, Sound design by Anne Kjær and audio described version with narration by Brooke Walker.

Yearning: A Letter to Mum

Based in Glasgow. Neha Apsara's identity as a second-generation British Indian, ex-Muslim, neurodivergent, queer woman, plays an important part in her work as an artist. Using a wide range of mixed media, including photography, text, moving image, sound textiles, and environmental installations she explores themes such as bodily memory, the female form, and sexuality in relation to ideas of modesty, religious control, and cultural and colonial constraints.

In Erms of Clay

In Erms of Clay is a film within a film and the results of a funded R&D for a larger live performance work in progress called “In Plain Sight”. The story is based on the true events of the Foot and Mouth Crisis of 2001 in Dumfries and Galloway, told though the eyes of a teenage girl, Fraoch, whose journey through diagnosis of epilepsy takes place within the walls of the closure of an adolescent unit in the South of Scotland. A Southern Scots gothic tale, it explores a time when to be neurodivergent was considered to be disturbed. The piece includes 16mm visuals in collaboration with Julia Parks and live soundtrack performed by the artists.

Trigger warning: This film contains strong suggestions of violence, suicide and dead animals that may be disturbing to some viewers.

The project was supported by the Creative Scotland Create:Inclusion award and Epilepsy Scotland.

Writer and Director: Heather E Andrews
16mm Cinematographer: Julia Parks
Performance Cinematography: Lucas Kao
Performers: Heather E Andrews, Aby Watson, Beldina Odenyo, Ryan Scott
Producer - Callum Madge
Direction - Leonie Rae Gasson
Researchers - Mariam Omari, Mark Jeary

Joining Online

The Zoom link for this event will be available to ticket bookers from this page on the day of the event.
Please return on Sat 16 October at 10.45am to join.

You can watch the films live immediately before the Q&A, using the Zoom link below.. The films will be streamed from 10.45am

The artist Q&A is due to begin at 11:15am on the same Zoom link

Please note, start times are approximate and there may be a slightly delay before the Q&A begins.

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This event is included within the NEUROSTAGES festival ticket and cannot be booked individually. The festival ticket is Pay What You Wish from £0 to £25 and can be booked here.