Dance Film By South West Filmmakers Exploring Mental Health Airs On BBC 4
‘Scapelands’, a short dance film that explores our primal connections with nature and the effect of urban living on the human mind, airs this Wednesday (27th May) on BBC4 at 23.30. ‘Scapelands’ will be presented within an anthology of short dance films as part of ‘Dance On Film: BBC Introducing Arts’. Presenting the dance anthology on Wednesday is international star – Carlos Acosta, formerly of the Royal Ballet, now Director at Birmingham Royal Ballet.
The film was commissioned as part of New Creatives, a talent development scheme supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts, delivered in the South West by Calling The Shots.
Co-Directors Katie Beard and Naomi Turner, based between Exeter and London, make up LeMoon; a performance and film collective that creates site-specific inspired work exploring human condition, and is committed to delivering intimate and emotive work. ‘Scapelands’ was filmed across numerous locations in London, as well as the infamous Beachy Head in East Sussex. The locations are a crucial element of the film, showing that the divide between urban environments and rural areas are not only physical, but also psychological. Katie and Naomi hope the films sentiment will resonate widely, believing that everyone will have their own experiences or understandings of how our physical surroundings can significantly impact our mental health, and that this will currently be felt more pertinently across the world than ever before.
You can watch ‘Scapelands’ this Wednesday (27th) on BBC4 at 23.30, or alternatively online. Below is a link to the programme page, and after it is aired it will then link through to iPlayer.