Tucked away in the corner of an industrial estate in East London is a steam baths where people meet to wash, eat and chat. Visited daily by men from the East-End’s Black British, Eastern European, Jewish and white British communities, it’s where different bathing rituals provide points of exchange, as distinct practices inform one another. The baths is a space where collective memories are forged.
Made by two women filmmakers, The Baths (12mins, 2016) explores masculinity in a unique setting. Inspired by Laura Marks’ ideas of haptic visuality, the film’s haptic imagery creates a visceral experience for viewers, making them feel as though they are sat in the baths and experiencing the space’s intense conditions. Whether disorientated through the use of Go-Pro in claustrophobic steam rooms, or the effects of the environment revealed on naked skin, viewers are sensorily engaged by the filmic image, conveying different knowledges through and by the site of the body.
Produced, directed & edited by – Anouska Samms & Sofia Pancucci-McQueen
Director of Photography – Simon Plunket
Additional Photography – Joe Gainsborough
Sound Designer – Calum Sample
Sound Recordists – William Alexander, Phillip Barnes, Tom Beale, Kathryn MacCorgarry Gray, Andy Richmond
Colourist – Jessica Vile
More information can be found at www.thebathsfilm.co.uk