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After the Dance
After the Dance
2015 | 1h 17m
After the Dance is a deeply personal film, by award-winning documentary maker Daisy Asquith, who unlocks a family secret that is still causing shame and outrage in an insulated village in County Clare, Ireland. Exploring the ongoing effects of her mother’s conception after a dance in the west coast of Ireland, Daisy Asquith and her mother embark on a fascinating and emotional adventure in social and sexual morality. Daisy’s grandmother, forced to run away to have her baby in secret, handed the child over to ‘the nuns’ to be adopted. The identity of the father remained a mystery for another 60 years, until Daisy and her mum decided it was time to find out who he was. Their attempts to uncover the truth make raw the fear and shame Catholicism has wrought on the Irish psyche for centuries, but ultimately lead Daisy and her mum to connect with a brand-new family living an extraordinarily different life.
Liz Smith’s Summer Cruise
Liz Smith’s Summer Cruise
2009 | 1h | Merely Remarkable
A film about age, loneliness and an old lady at sea, this is a celebrity travelogue like you’ve never seen before. Actress Liz Smith, known for playing elderly women (who are always eventually killed off) she is now 87 and while her life has been an eventful one she’s never had a real holiday. This is her chance to fulfil her modest ambition on a cruise across the Adriatic to Venice. Will the holiday be worth leaving her sheltered accommodation for? How can it ever live up to her dreams?
Clowns
Clowns
2008 | 58m | Down Among the Arts
Why would anyone choose a thankless career of balloon-folding, silly trousers, and five-year-old hecklers? Daisy Asquith investigates the lives of four children’s party entertainers. Some love children – nothing makes Potty the Pirate happier than watching their faces light up with laughter – whereas others are more ambivalent. Tommy Tickle, for instance, thinks they’re all spoilt brats, his own daughter Stephanie, a teenage Goth, in particular. From Tommy’s boozing to Mr Pumpkin’s mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, she reveals the intimate details of the clown’s tragicomic life, revealing a world that is by turns melancholy and hilarious.
The Queen of North Shields
The Queen of North Shields
2013 | 30m | The Daily
Josephine moved to the UK as a refugee from Zimbabwe. Her husband Michael works as a nurse in care homes and they send between £400 and £700 a month to support their relatives back in the village. Although they are seen as rich by their family in Africa, they live on one of the most deprived and stigmatised estates in Britain, Meadow Well. What perspective does this give them on the poor British families that surround them? The Queen of North Shields is a study of relative poverty in Tyneside and Zimbabwe and an exploration of the attitudes, identities and circumstances which define poverty in both places.
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