Stephen + Q&A

Visual artist Melanie Manchot works with a recovery group in Liverpool, who take up roles in a semi-fictional film-within-a-film that explores addiction and mental health from multiple perspectives. It is centred around Stephen, a character recovering from gambling and alcohol addictions. References to the first police crime reconstruction, filmed in Liverpool in 1901, are a reminder that addiction has long existed within the fabric of our culture. It’s a tough process and emotionally charged scenes reveal inner truths, which gain additional power when the people playing the roles are, in some sense, playing themselves. Visually striking, STEPHEN is a startling record of this form of treatment and a reminder of how dextrous the documentary form can be. Followed by an in-person Q&A with director Melanie Manchot. DocumentaryPT1H18M182024-05-02
Stephen Giddings
Melanie Manchot
Elena Hill
Stephen + Q&A"Stephen + Q&A"


May 2, 9:00 pm