The Bechdel Test is a simple measure to see if a film has:
1) Two named women
2) That have a conversation with each other
3) About something other than a man.
Simple? You’d think so. But less than half the films in 2014 manage to pass the test. in 2015, the test – created by US animator Alison …
Bechdel Test Fest and Little White Lies magazine are proud to present Signe Baumane’s “crazy quest for sanity”, Rocks in my Pockets.
“With Rocks in My Pockets, Signe Baumane presents a sharp, surprising and funny animated feature, plumbing the depths of depression via her family history. Guided by Ms Baumane’s almost musically accented voice-over, this hand-drawn debut feature is based upon the mental struggles of her Latvian grandmother and other relatives. It’s told with remorseless psychological intelligence, wicked irony and an acerbic sense of humour.”
~ Nicolas Rapold in The New York Times
Despite positive reviews and film festival success, Baumane’s 2014 feature is not set for theatrical release in the UK. This screening is a rare chance to witness her energetic, stigma-thwarting candour and a style of animation that captures the shape-shifting whimsy of the psychological world.
We will be screening Rocks in my Pockets, preceded by three shorts from Baumane’s 2008 web series, The Teat Beat of Sex. The series is an non-squeamish look at how sex works from a female perspective. Each ‘explicitly educational’ episode clocks in at under two minutes and provides graphic insights into one of a range of coming-of-age issues.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the impact of mental health representations on film. Keep a look out for announcements on who will be involved. We are in the midst of exciting discussions with a range of talent.