Unspoken Spoken, a captivating new film directed and choreographed by Fin Walker for Candoco Dance Company. The film has been released online on Candoco's website, YouTube and Facebook platforms. Created and filmed with support from digital commissioning body The Space, Arts Council England and the BBC, the film seeks to raise awareness of Candoco’s work amongst a digital audience for the first time.
About the film
“The cookie-cutter shapes burst their banks. The floor turned into a river, the river into a dragon, the dragon spilt out of the classroom and lit up the sky.”
We exist within a world of rules. Rules we impose upon ourselves, rules others impose upon us. Sometimes they are unconscious, sometimes hidden, often unspoken. Angry, frustrated, confused, awake.
Why does it take so long to realise all these rules are here? Can we accept them? Should we? And what do we do now?
Fin Walker’s Unspoken Spoken for Candoco Dance Company exposes the potential that exists when we dare to challenge the rules. We encounter five characters, each with his or her own rules to question, to surrender to, to fight against.
A captivating story told through BSL, voice and movement, Unspoken Spoken is performed by a cast of disabled and non-disabled dancers.
Some younger, some older, they ask us to look deeper, to explore our own boundaries.
What changes if we face up to what is holding us back?
There are three versions of the film – one full length or two shorter segments.
Unspoken Spoken - the full film (17-minutes)
Unspoken Spoken - the full film (17-minutes) audio described by Fin Walker
Unspoken Spoken - Alice's Story (3-minute short edit featuring 14-year-old Jess Dowdeswell)
Unspoken Spoken - Once, At School (3-minute short edit featuring Jemima Hoadley)
Go behind the scenes with dancer Dan Daw. This film was created during filming by Canvas Arts
Mavis Julie Cleves
Dennis Dan Daw
Alice Jessica Dowdeswell
Fred Thomasin Gülgeç
Narrator Jemima Hoadley
Rosalia Roberta Pitre
Director & Choreographer Fin Walker
Produced by Candoco Dance Company
Concept Conceived by Fin Walker and Ed Harris
Executive Producer for The Space Helen Spencer
Producer Janie Valentine
Film Director Ross MacGibbon
Story Devised by Fin Walker and the performers
Music and Sound: Composed and Produced by Ben Park & Park Music
Writer Ed Harris
Make Up Artists Louisa Copperwaite and Laura Barrow
Designer Jon Bausor
Costume Designer Becky Gunstone
Set Designer Alfie Heywood
Access Consultant Deepa Shastri
Candoco Dance Company team:
Artistic Co-Director Charlotte Darbyshire
Producer Marianne Mogendorff
Assistant Producer Jessica Richards
Executive Director Jo Towler
Communications Manager Lucy Fox
Assistant Floriane Laroche
Musicians and Assistant Credits:
Assistant sound editor Peter Clarke
Cello Rebecca Jordan
Violin/Viola Buffy Rowe
Double bass Ben Park
Piano Ben Park
Percussion James Taylor
Vocalists Geriel & Syauqi Destanika
Director of Photography Jim Ashcroft
Sound Recordist Ian McPherson
Camera Assistant Michelle Remnant
Script Supervisor Claire Mathias
Production Coordinator Lucy Pilgrim
Post Production Storm HD
Offline Editor Josh Levinski
Online Editor Paul Ingvarsson
Production Manager Piera Buckland
With thanks to:
Sarah Howard, Pedro Machado, Dawn Prentice, David Waring, Cath Walker
All 3 versions of the film are available to screen at festivals and events. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.