It’s on BBC2 on Saturday 6th March at 11.30 am, and can be viewed on BBC iplayer for the week afterwards.
The film stars Harry, Lauren, Lucas and Max – and they were given a sneak preview and a tour of the BBC recently and came out buzzing! It promises to be a really powerful statement so try to watch it!
They all said how weird it was to see themselves on a big screen – I think that’s common – it can be a little disconcerting for most people – “do I really look like that?”
Film on the screen does not lie and the image you have to look at is, of course, a reverse image of the mirror image that we are all know and get used to thinking “that’s me”. For someone with a disfigurement, the mirror and the photo can be radically different…
I always liked the verse in Robert Burns’s famous poem written in 1786 called “To a Louse – on seeing on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church”:
O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An foolish notion:
What airs in dress an gait wad lea’es us,
An ev’n devotion!
That ‘Power’ is the photograph and the moving film – and yes, if you do look at yourself critically on film, you can learn lots about yourself – especially how you present yourself to the world. And you can change that too. I think ‘video therapy’ is very powerful and I certainly seek every opportunity to see myself and learn – not for vanity’s sake!
Watch that film!