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Human Radio

Miranda Pennell

UK, 2002
9 minutes, B&W, stereo, 16:9
Original format: Film transferred to video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

People dance in private moments of personal abandon, across London in the summer of 2001. The film is the result of the director’s work with respondents to a local advertisement seeking ‘living-room dancers’ – people who love to dance behind closed doors.
‘What I think I like most about Human Radio is the pacing of its filming and the intimate sympathy of its connection with the dancers…. Human Radio is the result of Pennell’s work with the respondents to an advertisement seeking “living-room dancers” – people who like to dance behind closed doors. She combines perfect telling details to show us just what we need to see to connect deeply with these people whose dancing is private. The shots are beautifully framed, taking advantage of the limited spaces of these people’s homes. The camera angles emphasise the dance…These “ordinary” people are filmed with a love and attention fit for Baryshnikov. Their dances become ours – as exuberant, halting, skilled, or wistful as they, and we, maybe.’ – Charlotte Shoemaker, San Francisco, Notes on Curating Innovative International Dance films “Dance on Camera Journal” 2003
Awarded ‘Best International Short Film’ at the 47th Cork Film Festival