Dear Audience Member,
This is the most truthful copy you will ever read.
My brain likes truth. It likes imaginary things that sometimes become real. This film is currently an imaginary thing. It will become real.
Things I know about this film: it will be a startlingly beautiful lyrical essay, mesmeric, with a thread of the dark and political, truth that bites. It will be audio described, captioned, and BSL interpreted. Roaring surges of anger, laughter and tears are to be anticipated. Expect the sea, a purple stick, care, access, disability and neurodiversity. A table, because we already have it from last year and it’s become my friend, we’ve even given it a dust. My Grandad’s book of nautical tables. My current obsession is tables, can you tell?
Things I don’t know about this film: who will join me, because funding is a trepidatious beasty and people must be paid. Disabled people must be paid. These are our lives, hanging on a thread, waiting for a letter. I think I will include that too.
Love and solidarity,
Writing the Missing – All at Sea is a new film commissioned for Durham Book Festival, following the success of Writing the Missing – A River Cycle which premiered in 2020. Director, writer, producer and performer Lisette Auton joins forces once more with filmmaker and editor Rob Irish, to push the creative boundaries of access, words and kindness. We’ll meet you by the waves.
BSL interpreted, captioned and audio described.
Lisette Auton does stuff with words: disabled writer, activist and creative practitioner. Award-winning poet; 2019 Early Careers Fellow for Literature at Cove Park; TSS Publishing list of Best British & Irish Flash Fiction. Debut novel The Secret of Haven Point forthcoming from Penguin, February 2022. Currently focused on Writing the Missing. www.lisetteauton.co.uk
Captions and BSL interpretation will be provided for this event.