trees can hear you
the film is a rendition of a poem written by a survivor of locked in syndrome of their lived experience while in hospital. the poem was published anonymously (june 2021) on the dear york website – a safe space for service users to write about their experiences in york (uk). this poem particularly moved hilary conroy, the guardian of the website who put out an invitation in a creative action group (of york complex needs network) meeting to create a response to the poem.
shortly after this invitation, while on a residency period in an empty shop in derby(uk) i explored the poem within the space, that i was locked inside.
the film won the ‘best experimental film’ category at the august/september 2021 edition beyond the curve international film festival.