“The script was inspired by my previous clinical work in psychiatric settings, in particular with patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). I wanted to explore the way that professionals respond to patients with BPD, the communication challenges associated with such encounters, and the emotions that may be experienced by both patients and professional.”
The five-minute film was funded by the British Psychological Society (BPS) through its Qualitative Methods in Psychology section, and was unveiled at a recent BPS conference on Jubilee Campus where both Dr Tischler and the filmmaker Gaylan Nazhad discussed its making.
Gaylan was born in Iraqi Kurdistan and is now based in Nottingham. He has a masters in filmmaking from the Royal Holloway University of London and takes his artistic cues from the likes of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and the Kurdish novelist Bachtyar Ali.
The Phone Call will appear as part of the Middle East section of the film festival, coordinated by City Arts. It is designed to provide more opportunities for UK-based and international filmmakers from the Middle East and has grown out of the Artists in Exile programme led by Gaylan. The screening, taking place at 7.30pm, offers a rare opportunity to view work from and about the Middle East, Mesopotamia and Turkey and enjoy unique insights into an often hidden world.
More information about the film festival is available online at www.bangshortfilmfestival.com or www.broadway.org.uk
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