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Alone Together, the Social Life of Benches

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Photo by Esther Johnson

  • Photo by Esther Johnson

    Photo by Esther Johnson

Synopsis

Through a series of oral testimonies and carefully composed portraits, Alone Together, the Social Life of Benches explores how individuals and groups spend time in two distinctive public London locations.

Made by Esther Johnson as part of an Arts & Humanities Research Council project, this poetic documentary illuminates the thoughts and memories of frequent users of General Gordon Square, Woolwich, and St Helier Open Space, Sutton.

Revolving around the micro-space of the humble bench, the film incorporates contributions from a diverse range of visitors. These testimonies highlight themes such as the psychological feeling of being in a space, the rhythm and flow of visitors to a place, the importance of design for everyday street furniture and access to communal outdoor space.

The film acts like a stranger who joins you to ‘watch the world go by’, and to break the ice by starting a conversation with their fellow bench user. http://blanchepictures.com/alone-together/

Details

Year
2015
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
18 mins
Format
2K
Director
Esther Johnson
Producer
Esther Johnson
Executive Producer
Arts & Humanities Research Council
Screenwriter
Esther Johnson
Music
Oberphones
Principal Cast
Featuring: the people of Sutton and Woolwich, London

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Last updated 5th June 2017

Production Company

Blanche Pictures
http://blanchepictures.com/alone-together
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Blanche Pictures
http://blanchepictures.com/alone-together
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