Short Film Profile

Any Other Sense

A couple struggle to come to terms with their new reality after an accident that has left one of them deaf. Over the course of the couple's first day home from hospital they try to find new ways to communicate in an effort to salvage their relationship.

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Director's Statement

Suffering a permanent loss of hearing changes your life irrevocably. Any Other Sense is a modern drama about the role of communication in a relationship, explored through an absence brought about by disability. I am interested in stories that can be both completely alien to the viewer and, at the same time, potentially just a moment away from becoming their reality. These jostling feelings of comfort and fear are what I hope drives the viewer to watch and keep watching.

In this film, I needed to create an authentic portrayal of adult disability. At every stage I strived to deliver a naturalistic depiction, free from cliché, not only of its deaf character but also of the man who loves her. My writing partner, Coral Amiga, and I spent time with members of the charity ‘Action On Hearing Loss’ and borrowed from the stories we heard to inject truth and understanding into our narrative. I also wanted to show how cinematography, colour and sound design could be used in film to express the feelings and experiences of sensory impairment.

The DOP and I worked very closely to create a piece of film that was stylistically unique in the way we presented the story; beautiful in its minimal aesthetic and hauntingly stark in its colour palette of olives, taupes and greys. We shot this film on the Arri Alexa, which we established early on was the way to achieve the chosen mood in digital.

We wanted to plunge the audience into Jess’s world and force them to experience the story through her eyes and ears. We then brutally cut in and out of her perspective, so the viewer could share the different experiences of each character within the same moment. Our sound designer and editor were both instrumental in the execution of this.

My hope is that Any Other Sense tells a compelling character-driven story, which is both empathetic and evocative with regard to deafness as a disability and the communication challenges it brings.




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1 Jul – 12 Jul | London, United Kingdom

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