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2 November 2018

Glimpses of differentness.

by Jason Stone


Homespun Yarns: “If You Knew” - 5 mins 28s

The teenage twins at the centre of this slice-of-life documentary made by Stroma Cairns for the 2018 Homespun Yarns competition are part of a family who have a point of differentness which has a profound impact on the lives of all five. As the exact nature of their differentness isn't revealed until more than halfway through the film, we won't describe it here, except to say it's a reveal which explains the feel of the whole project.

The film offers a fascinating glimpse into the twins' lives. While their modest environment make it hard to describe them as hedonistic, there is a sense that they've made a playground of their surroundings and feel free to do as they please. Cairns's documentary style is never intrusive, and her presence is a very low key, allowing the lives she depicts to pass by in the wind as she discreetly observes with her camera. It makes for a languid chilled-out film which feels pleasingly like an excerpt from one of BBC Four's lengthy slow documentaries.


Director: Stroma Cairns ♀
Exec Director: Juliette Larthe
Producer: Sorcha Bacon
Head of Production: Hannah May
Executive Producer: Hannah Bellil
Cinematographer: Ruben Woodin Dechamps
Editor: Joe Bolger @ Homespun Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Peter Oppersdorff
Sound Designer: Mile Johnson @ Wave Ⓟ Ⓦ
Composer: Ted Barnes

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