The Projections Society: 'Life and death in infancy - the impact upon parents'

Event overview

Wednesday 8 March 2017 in the Tavistock Centre's 5th Floor Lecture Theatre

Tavistock students and employees were invited to the screening of two short films, written and directed by Em Cooper, followed by a panel discussion. Visit Em Cooper's website

Em Cooper short films posters

Laid Down is a short film shot from the point of view of a newborn infant which vividly evokes the chaos and sensory overload of the infant’s experience. Set over the first few months of life, dipping in and out of animated dream sequences, we encounter the turbulent relationship between the baby's parents from the raw, emotional and preverbal perspective of the infant.

Flown is a short film which portrays a couple whose relationship fails to sustain following the death of their infant child. Flown paints a surreal portrait of two individuals struggling to cope with their feelings of loss. Shot mainly in black and white, using the extremes of a bird's-eye-view perspective, Flown attempts to unearth the unconscious feelings of these two individuals, encountered through the details of their concentrated repetitive activity.

Em Cooper is a British director and animator specialising in combining oil-painted hand-drawn animation with live-action film. In 2013 Em won the YCN Professional Award for Animation. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and her film Confusion of Tongues was shortlisted for the 2012 British Animation Awards, Best Student Film. Prior to her MA, Em worked as an Editor and Associate Producer at Current TV, UK.

Dilys Daws is Honorary Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Consultant to the Baby Clinic of the James Wigg Practice, Kentish Town Health Centre. She is an Advisor to the Association for Infant Mental Health. Her publications include Through the Night: Helping Parents and Sleepless Children (1993) and Finding Your Way With Your Baby (2016, co-author) which won first prize at the BMA Medical Books Award 2016 in the Popular Medicine category. Read about the book award

Dr Dorothy Judd is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She is the author of the book Give Sorrow Words and co-editor of The Imaginative Body. She has been a teacher at the Tavistock Clinic for many years and has done pioneering work in the treatment of dying children and their families.

Kannan Navaratnem is a Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He is editor of the Bulletin of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a member of the organising committee of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff). He teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the British Psychotherapy Foundation, UCL and the Tavistock, where he is a clinical seminar group leader, supervisor and tutor. He has worked with the Tavistock M1 Film Club since 2010.

8 March 2017 18:00 to 21:00