Where the idea came from
“I was literally moved to tears one day when Kevin Finnan, Motionhouse’s Artistic Director, brought in a newspaper and handed it to me. On the front page there was a picture of child, the same age as mine, lying dead on the seashore. He had drowned as a result of his family fleeing the conflicts in Syria.
I felt bereft and sickened and the image stayed with me. I didn’t intend to make a political film but I knew that the underlying tone had to be inline with that initial reaction.
Without Wings observes a group of young people, displaced by war, who imagine themselves free to move without borders and without pain. Almost ghostly in their appearance, they could be from any story in history that parallels today’s reality.
Filmmaker Dan Tucker and I had been wanting to make a dance film for a long time and I was delighted to be able to pilot this new style half term intensive project.”