Leverhulme Artist in Residence shortlisted for national film award

18 November 2015

Local spoken word poet and artist, Leah Thorn, has had one of her films nominated for a prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) award.

Leah’s short film, Watch, was nominated for the AHRC’s 10th Anniversary, Research in Film awards, for the category of Inspiration Award.

The film was completed as part of her Leverhulme Artist in Residence, a position between the England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD) at Canterbury Christ Church University and the Academic Primary Care Unit at the University of Kent.

Watch draws upon her own personal experience of caring for her father who had dementia. In the film she explores how memory is central to a person’s identity and the impact of dementia on family relationships. The film uses the tenderness of language and the insight of humour to explore ideas of loss, vulnerability, survival and memorialisation.

The film has been used as a resource and shown to policy makers, care staff, academics and medical staff, as well as for public showings. It stimulates a new way of thinking about the impact of dementia, and demonstrates that through the practice of person centred care, and showing love and respect, one human being can always reach another. 

The judges said of the film that it was “a lyrical and well thought out commentary on ageing and the nature of memory and dementia a stunning piece of work. It’s technically complete without being showy. The film is both emotionally and intellectually engaging, it communicates extraordinarily well”.

Carrie Jackson, Director of the England Centre for Practice Development, said: “It was a real privilege to be able to support Leah to complete the film as part of her residency, and then to be part of this wonderful celebratory event.

“The film is simply beautiful and is an effective educational resource to a wide range of our society. It was good to see Leah’s work receiving the national recognition it so richly deserves and to be able to showcase the impact that the work of the two Universities has had during the life of the Leverhulme residency, which comes to an end this month.  We look forward to producing the impact report to showcase both this and other important work that has touched so many people’s lives and will continue to do so.”

The AHRC Research in Film awards are designed to encourage, stimulate and recognise the considerable body of work created at the interface between research and film, and to recognise the world-leading work of researchers, practitioners and film-makers in the arts and humanities research community. 

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