‘shhh’ is a poetry film by Clare Unsworth, a lyrical, physical expression of a poem by Leah Thorn about the systematic silencing of women – and about resistance to that silencing.
The poem was written out of a passion to challenge the invisibility of the many ways women are silenced and it was tried out in performance with many different audiences of women – in universities, feminist groups, at poetry events and in prison. Leah and Clare then collaborated with three drama students at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England who interpreted the poem through movement.
This locally-produced, no-budget film has been screened internationally at feminist film festivals.
Poem written and performed by Leah Thorn.
Choreographed and performed by Kristin Bacheva, Vanessa Owusu and Elle Payne.
Directed and edited by Clare Unsworth
Sound by Daniel Battersby