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Topic: KEEP BREATHING | Have you seen it? What did you think? POLL & DISCUSSION!

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KEEP BREATHING - What did YOU think? [4 vote(s)]

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Keep Breathing a really clever, important, layered exploration of sexual consent, communication, boundaries, relationships. It is a really powerful and intense film, overwhelming and difficult to watch in places. I had to remind myself to keep breathing all the way through!

It is not just about consent, but gender as well and this truly became the most incredible look at the issues at the point in the flashback where Emmeline's character felt the need to apologise and the multiple reactions of Damien's character in the lift after that in present time.

The film doesn't lecture, nor does it come across as a teachy or moralising piece, but it is certainly educational, and does provoke thought and open ideas through shining a light on the grey areas of sexual consent, relationships, personal boundaries, communication, gender roles, and more..

It's incredibly written and very thought provoking, very important and very relevant, I am sure to many many people, and interpretations will be shaped by that to some extent.

Both Emmeline's and Damien's performances were truly outstanding and the quality of the film was impressive.

Not only is it raising awareness but it is also an incredible, compelling drama.

This was the second time seeing Keep Breathing, and I was surprised that my feelings were stronger on a second watch.. I'm even more overwhelmed than the first time.

I would love to hear what you all think?



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I think this is something that should be shown to schools and colleges, it's basically about consent and sending (and receiving) mixed messages. I liked that the actual events were shown alongside the characters view, revealing different interpretations. Thought provoking and would lead to plenty of discussion. I found I had moments of sympathy for both characters but was also able to see why both reacted as they did.

On a different note, it was good to see Damien in pure drama. He's good in comedy but drama is, I feel, his forte. He and Emmeline Hartley put more into that short film than I've seen in many a full length. Full credit to everyone concerned, they did a grand job.

I watched it twice, both nights, and found it just as good second time round. I did think it was by far the best of the set of films the first night - my daughter wanted to see it but gave up watching midway through the first feature as she couldn't stand it. She was going to give it a try again but they had problems with their electricity (an electrician did do a call out today and made them wear masks and stand eight feet away, apparently. He made everything safe and gave them electricity in most rooms but will finish the job after the crisis)



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Hi Ellie, glad you managed to watch Keep Breathing and thanks for sharing your thoughts, it was great to read them.

Very well said, I agree the film was the best in the programme and that both Damien and Emmeline did a stunning job, the whole film is incredible and up there with the best short films. Award worthy indeed! Very interesting point about seeing Damien in a drama, he is such a versatile actor with such a range I enjoy watching him in diverse roles, but agree that it's great to see him in pure drama again. We've just had The Split too of course.. and Brassic is somehow more of a drama for Damien's character Dylan than a comedy.

The intention has always been for this film to be shown in educational settings, there has been so much work behind the scenes on that I think, really hope it is widely distributed and screened because it really is a wonderful exploration of important issues.

Did anyone else manage to watch the film last week?

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Such a thought - provoking film. I was really struck by Emmeline's character's need to apologise and be 'nice'. It's so uncomfortable to watch and makes you think about all the times you've done things you didn't want to so as not to seem rude.

A really important film for all, but particularly for young people where consent is such a vital issue.

Emmeline and Damien's performances are outstanding and this film stays with you long after it ends.

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Agree Rosie, it highlights that gender conditioning of needing to apologise / to make things better / feeling guilty. Her character is more assertive in the present day scene, but still approaches him at the end in the same way with almost that same need to make things better. I'd love to see a trilogy of these films, where she has more agency by the end.

Question for anyone who watched the film on both nights of the Beeston film fest - do you think the short film before it on the first night affected your viewing of KB? It did for me, I was so angry with Damien's character, and much less so the following night! I'm convinced it is because of that film before where the director made the auditionee strip in order to experience acting vulnerability. 



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I thought the film about the audition was unsettling but predictable. It didn't really affect what I thought of the characters in Keep Breathing, but I can see that it could for some.

I don't think being female was the reason Emmline's character was showing empathy, this is a characteristic shown by either sex - but I may think that because of the amount of time I spent working for the NHS. Up here in the North the woman can be a more dominant personality than the man in a relationship. The only time I feel the need to apologise unnecessarily is when someone bumps into me - then I do the English thing and say how sorry I am 😀

Damien's character was interesting - he was obviously very "touchy feely" and didn't realise when it was inappropriate. A hugger, in fact. I found his asking if he could kiss her sweet; but in a way this was the start of her sending out mixed messages - saying definitely not then leaning in to kiss him. Lots of discussion in this short film, perfect for its intended audience. I was pleased to see Damien's character getting short shrift when he thought he could give a quick apology then move in for a hug. When I was young he'd have got a slap; then women seemed to think they had to be 'one of the boys' and accept the hug; I'm glad it's going back to refusal.

The two of them seemed to get on so well at first, too.

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