CLIP The Baths by Anouska Samms & Sofia Pancucci-McQueen

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,…

CLIP The Baths by Anouska Samms & Sofia Pancucci-McQueen

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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

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