Documentary - Completed 2012

Observational feature documentary about human suspension, the practice of piercing meat hooks through the body and then suspending in midair from them. Over a year director / producer Kate Shenton follows different groups who practice this art as a way of 'getting to know themselves better.'

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
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    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kate SHENTON
    • Producer(s)
    • Kate SHENTON
    • Synopsis
    • The first feature film from accomplished short filmmaker Kate Shenton, On Tender Hooks is a documentary film delving into the world of human suspension and the people involved. Kate spends a year following a different people and group of suspenders. Every Sunday they pierce themselves with hooks and hang in mid-air from rigs in a display that challenges the perceptions and squeamishness of even the most hardened. The film is a fly on the wall documentary showing how the ordinary human body can achieve extraordinary things.
      On Tender Hooks began life as a short film which followed Damian Lloyd Davies as he suspends for the first time. The short film screened at 14 prestigious festivals including Slamdance, Raindance, Encounter Short Film and Animation and London Short Film festivals. After the success of the short film director Kate Shenton decide to develop the project into a feature film.
      Beginning with groups in London, and then following events in Rico, Croatia and Oslo, Norway, the film depicts a wide variety of experience and opinions, and delves thoughtfully into a deeply misunderstood practice. A work in progress version of the film screened to London Short Film Festival delegates in January, and received coverage in Rankin’s Hunger TV magazine. More about the film is available on its website.
      The film is completed and will screening at the Cannes Film Market on the 20th of May at 3:30pm in Palais F.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2011
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