Announcing our regional HOW TO DEAF tour

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We're touring Deaf shorts and stories for Deaf and HoH cinema-goers. Catch you at your local indie!

> How To Deaf screenings have been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Please check back here for updates in due course.

LSFF is very pleased to be back doing the rounds with How to Deaf, this year’s edition of our regional tour of Deaf shorts and stories for Deaf and Hard of Hearing cinema-goers.

This spring, we’ll be doing the full breadth of our small island - from Dundee to Lewes! - with a programme of fully captioned short cinema curated by our in-house Deaf programmer Zoë McWhinney.

There’ll also be complementary talks and discussions with local artists and activists which we’ll be regularly updating on this blog, so get dates in diaries and do check back in! Please be sure to check each venue’s individual listing for their screening’s full access provisions and event details.

This programme is supported by the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

How to Deaf   If You Knew

Image: If You Knew by Stroma Cairns


> EXPIRED: Glasgow Film Theatre, 3rd March 2020, 6pm + Q&A with writer-director Jed Shepherd (Dawn of the Deaf) and actors Lewis MacDougall & Emma Webb - Tickets

Tickets £6.50. There will be full access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing cinemagoers at this screening, including captions, BSL interpretation and Speech to Text Reporting (STTR). GFT’s access information can be found here.

> EXPIRED: The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 15th March 2020

Tickets £6. The Brewery Arts Centre’s access information can be found here.

> POSTPONED: Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, 21st March 2020, 2.30pm + Q&A with featured filmmaker Patrick Barklamb hosted by Darren Jeffries

Tickets £6. Square Chapel Arts Centre’s access information can be found here.

> POSTPONED: Watershed, Bristol, 29th March 2020, 1.20pm

Concessionary tickets £5. This will be a Descriptive Subtitling screening, this is a service for our Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing customers that displays additional auditory information on the screen. Watershed’s full access information can be found here.

> POSTPONED: Dundee Contemporary Arts, 4th April 2020, 3.30pm

Tickets £5. DCA’s access information can be found here.

> POSTPONED: Derby QUAD, 19th April 2020

QUAD’s access information can be found here.

> POSTPONED: Lewes Depot, 20th April + discussion led by Omeima Mudawi, a local artist and advocate for better understanding between Deaf and Hearing worlds, and Arabic and Western cultures

Depot’s access information can be found here.

> POSTPONED: Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre, Leicester, 25th April 2020

Information on the Phoenix’s access provisions can be found here and on their Access Cinema offering here.

> POSTPONED: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, 25th April 2020, 3pm

Information on Tyneside Cinemas’s Access Cinema offering can be found here.

> POSTPONED: Hippodrome Bo’ness, Falkirk, 26th April 2020, 4pm

Tickets £5. BSL interpretation will be provided to welcome customers on arrival, for the introduction, and at the end of the event. Hippodrome’s access information can be found here.

> POSTPONED: HOME, Manchester, 6th May 2020

HOME’s access information can be found here. HOME have a portable induction loop system at their Box Office and in their cinemas.

How to Deaf   Ernesto (dir. Edgar Murillo)

Image: Ernesto by Edgar Murillo

The programme

Short works from Deaf and hearing filmmakers navigate the ‘in between’ of the Deaf experience with documentaries and drama looking to the frisson and friction of silent connections, the vibrations of club life, moments of solace in the cacophony of the city, and bonds formed and fortified without the spoken word. Recommended 15 rating, approx. 78 mins running time.

Dachaligh (Home), Will Clark, UK, 2019, 10’ English subtitles

Lucy left England for Glasgow in search of something new. Starting with nothing, we follow her journey as she builds a new life, discovers her inner strength and ultimately the meaning of home. Dachaligh won Best Documentary at Deaffest 2019, and was commissioned by inclusivity-led Deaf theatre company, Solar Bear.

If You Knew, Stroma Cairns, UK, 2019, 6’ BSL and English subtitles

After months of fighting and no communication, teenage twin brothers Conner and Lewis come together to spend a day on a sun-bleached Canvey Island. Both being born with hearing loss, they overcome their challenges and rift to make a fresh start through fatherhood and family connection. Short Award Nominee at Sheffield Doc/Fest and recipient of the UK Special Mention at LSFF 2020. Trailer.

Intimacy, Ryan & Jackson Hogan, UK, 2018, 19’ English subtitles

A film told entirely through the alternating perspectives of a Deaf woman and a blind man as they go through the emotional turmoil of their first date. Trailer.

Móðir, Patrick Barklamb, UK, 2019, 5’ English subtitles

The story of how a young individual, the filmmaker, became deaf in his right ear with his mother saying his words and him saying his mother’s words. This is a portrait and testimony of what his life is now like reflecting on the experience.

Ernesto, Edgar Murillo, Spain, 2017, 13’ English subtitles

Ernesto discovers a new disease and doesn’t know how to face it.

A Sonic Pulse, Dorothy Allen-Pickard, UK, 2019, 7’ BSL and English subtitles

A documentary exploring how deaf people experience electronic music. Richard France, a deaf music producer, talks about losing himself to the beat and Troi Lee speaks of the first time he was refused entry to a club for using sign language in the queue. Helen describes how her cochlear implant inspired the sounds behind some of her electronic tracks. A Resident Advisor and Open City Documentary Festival commission.

Nice Talking to You, Saim Sadiq, US/Pakistan, 2018, 19’ ASL and English subtitles

Two strangers – both hearing persons – form an instant connection at an American Sign Language (ASL) event, talking exclusively in ASL. They spend the night together, strolling through NYC, enjoying a newfound attraction without a spoken word between them. After realising they’re each hearing persons, they shift to verbal communication and quickly lose their romantic spark. World premiere at SXSW.

Lead image: Nice Talking To You by Saim Sadiq