The East End Does Film: All Eyes On Us
HM's Alex gives us her must watch HOT picks from the EEFF 2013 roster, here's All Eyes On Us.
London, 2012 was arguably one of the best years in the history of our great city, in our generation’s lifetime anyway. All Eyes On Us is a short film that revisits the lucky few who were given a chance to be part of the Paralympics opening ceremony. We meet four very different contributors with different disabilities; all of their expectations leading up to the ceremony are explored and intercut with a brief look at their own battles with social marginalisation in the face of other discriminations as disabled individuals.
...a year later, the film chooses to pose some serious questions about how the public’s attitudes changed for the better...
Impressively created by a group of East London students, this short is a mixture of stylistic transitions and stunning shots - for example, the shots during vigorous rehearsals are mesmerising. Had the questions put to the contributors have been more varied and catered to those answering the questions we may have been treated to a broader, rousing film as a whole.
What is interesting is how, a year later, the film chooses to pose some serious questions about how the public’s attitudes changed for the better (or in this case, hardly at all) to those who demanded it. Not all of the contributors are convinced, whilst others, especially those who had trouble in believing in themselves before had seen a welcomed benefit in taking part, one that could perhaps go on to inspire a generation to come.
Words: Alex Kessie/@alexandrakessie • Images: Provided by EEFF