Through the Hawthorn

Gemma Burditt, Anna Benner & Pia Borg “Through the Hawthorn” or “The session” A short Animated film for the Wellcome Trust Collection
Paint on Glass and Photoshop

Creator D R Hood
Director:  Gemma Burditt, Anna Benner & Pia Borg
Animator: Kim Noce

Company: Wellcome Trust
Duration: 9 min
Technique: Paint on Glass and Photoshop
Synopsis: A short animated film examining communication between a schizophrenic patient, family members and professionals (a family therapy team). The film draws on material from a family therapy session to illuminate communication within a family unit in the context of schizophrenia – when the patient’s reality is in a different dimension to the family’s reality. The film will be made in consultation with consultant psychiatrist Dr Tom Stevens and will be a mix of stylised live action, stop-frame and hand-drawn animation. Three different directors of animation will highlight the three different perspectives and conflicting ‘truths’ of those present in the therapy session.

@Wellcome Trust