Mon 22 July 6:00pm
Wed 24 July 8:30pm
Director: Sacha Polak
Cast: Vicky Knight, Katherine Kelly, Rebecca Stone
Dirty God is a film about a young mother from London who must pick up the pieces after an acid attack leaves her with severe facial burns. Prior to the attack, with limited education and opportunities, Jade’s main currency was her looks. Her face has been reconstructed, but her beauty is gone. Jade must set about rebuilding herself – and this is a gargantuan task. Cast adrift from her young daughter, Jade finds solace in the hidden world of online liaisons where she uncovers the passion and connection she’s craved in an often humorous and celebratory way.
The screening on Mon 22 July at 6pm will feature a post film discussion, with information about our guests below.
Dr Jacob Johanssen, who has worked on the Facial Disfigurement in the UK Media: From Print To Online project.
The aim of the project Facial Disfigurement in the UK Media: From Print to Online, conducted by Dr Diana Garrisi and Dr Jacob Johanssen, was to research how facial disfigurements are portrayed in the British press, as well as how individuals with facial disfigurements present themselves on social media. The project was made up of two elements: quantitative and qualitative content analysis of news coverage about facial disfigurement in the British press between 2010-2016 (tabloid and broadsheet newspapers), as well as qualitative interviews with individuals about their thoughts on the portrayal of facial disfigurements and their use of social media. One aspect of the project specifically dealt with the representation of acid attacks in the British tabloid press. More information can be found here.
Max Bell (Campaigns Manager at Changing Faces) and Hannah (a Changing Faces Campaigner).
Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity for everyone with a scar, mark or condition on their face or body that makes them look different.
They provide advice, support and psychosocial services to children, young people and adults, and challenge discrimination through the campaign for Face Equality: a world that truly values and respects people who look different.
They want a future where everyone with a visible difference on their face or body has the confidence, support and opportunity to lead the lives they want.
We are delighted to be joined by Changing Faces Campaigns Manager, Max Bell, and local Changing Faces Campaigner, Hannah, who has the skin condition, scleroderma.
Our new discussion evenings will give audiences the opportunity to hear from experts and delve deeper into some of the most exciting and challenging films in our programme.