Material Bodies

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A look at the harmonious relationships amputees feel towards their prosthetics.

Dorothy Allen-Pickard is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary theatre-maker from South-East London. Her latest film Material Bodies interweaves dance and dialogue in a sensual and cinematic look at the relationship between amputees and their limbs. This visceral and colourful short film explores how a prosthetic leg can be more like a piece of jewellery, a dance companion, or a part of you.

Dorothy, 'I wanted to make a beautiful film that used dance, design and dialogue to illustrate the point that you’re only as disabled as your environment makes you. The film should act as a prompt to start conversations around disability, design, and pride. There are over 14 million disabled people in the UK today but despite making up over 20% of the UK population, D/deaf and disabled people are chronically under-served on-screen, behind the camera and as consumers of screen storytelling.'


Dancer @mickaella_dantas

Contributors @cmcm23 @kats.bailed @iarlaith_macpheorais


DOP @mrjackwells

Prod @lucy.pullicino @julie.machin

Art Director @mari_un

Costume @isabellecookcostume

Independend Researcher @cmcm23

Edit @dorothyallenpickard

Grade @m.y.l.e.s

AC @leonfrind @drewmccrary

Sound @ben_hauke_woop_records

Assistants @zoeauvinetg

Music #Batsumi