The Projections Society: 'Adolescence, Sexuality and Family Dynamics: Naming it is Shaping it'

Event overview

Two powerful films written and directed by Christopher Manning and Dana Budisavljević 

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Jamie – Jamie is clumsily looking for his first relationship. One Sunday, he meets Ben and the two spend the afternoon together.

A short film, intended as a simple portrait, telling the story of an emotional awakening that takes place in ordinary circumstances, but is nonetheless life-changing and formative for its protagonist. The film reveals the private emotional struggle of its shy and introverted central character and was conceived as a quiet drama, uncovering the major conflicts in Jamie's life as he unexpectedly discloses them to a stranger over the course of an afternoon. The dialogue was written to be intimate, personal and touching. ‘I intended to make Jamie a conversational film; one in which the naturalistic tone and style would imply a kind of ‘realism’ in the encounter between the two characters. I wanted to go on a journey with a character who struggles and falters in his search for love, not because of traditional external obstacles, but because of the internal ones that are working their way to the surface. Jamie is about opening up, both to another person and oneself.

Family Meals – Through the ritual of family meals, this film unveils how important it is to feel accepted by our loved ones.

Do you remember when was the last time you talked to your parents? What did you talk about? Did you go a step beyond weather forecast and daily politics? Can a conversation about buried family secrets help you eat without cramps in your stomach? Can a failed birthday cake help you embrace the past? A birthday celebration brings together an ordinary four-member family, five years after their last gathering. They start questioning what made them turn away from each other. Through the ritual of family meals, the film unveils how important it is to feel accepted by our loved ones. Family Meals is a documentary film set in the charming and somewhat eccentric family home of the director.

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7.00 pm – Welcome and introduction – Mary McGee Jolliffe, Chair of The Projections Society

7.05 pm – Jamie (2016, 15 mins.)

7.20 pm – Family Meals (2013, 50 mins.)

8.15 pm – Coffee break

8.30 pm – Response by Sebastian Kraemer and Miomir Milovanovic in discussion with Christopher Manning and Dana Budisavljević, chaired by Kannan Navaratnem

9.00 pm – Open discussion with the audience

9.25 pm – Farewell and thanks.


Christopher Manning is an award-winning writer and director of narrative fiction. He earned a BA in History from Columbia University in the City of New York before studying filmmaking at the London Film School. He is a 2017 BFI Network x BAFTA Crew scheme participant and an Alumnus of the Telluride Film Festival's Student Symposium Program. His short film 'Jamie' won the Alternative Spirit Award at the BAFTA/OSCAR-qualifying Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (2016) and was one of five films selected to take part in the 2017 BFI Flare/British Council #fiveFilms4freedom campaign. He has several projects in development.

Dana Budisavljević is the author and coauthor of several award-winning documentaries, such as STRAIGHT A’S, which brought her the Grand Prix at 2005 Croatian Film Days, YEARS OF RUST, in cooperation with Andrej Korovljev, TV serial GREAT SHIPWRECKS OF THE ADRIATIC SEA, in cooperation with Davor Šarić, and WHO WANTS TO BE A PRESIDENT, directed by Igor Mirković and Rajko Grlić. She holds a degree in film and TV editing from Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb. As a student she launched the first student film festival entitled F.R.K.A. Later on she joined the closest organisational team of the Motovun Film Festival. In 2005 Dana and Nenad Puhovski launched the ZagrebDox – the largest regional documentary film festival.

Sebastian Kraemer FRCP FRCPsych FRCPCH is consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Whittington Hospital, London. After paediatric posts in Glasgow, Manchester and London he went to the Maudsley Hospital to train in psychiatry, completing specialist training at the Tavistock Clinic. He was appointed consultant at the Tavistock and the Whittington in 1980. He was director of the Tavistock child and adolescent psychiatry higher training from 1986 to 2001, a scheme at the time incorporating placements in north London and Hertfordshire. For five years he was a member of the RCPsych special advisory committee on child and adolescent psychiatry (CAPSAC), visiting schemes all over Britain. He has published papers and chapters on working with parents; the fragility of the developing male; professional dynamics in child protection; family therapy, psychoanalysis and therapeutic change; the role of fathers from anthropological and modern social perspectives; the elusiveness of paediatric liaison; history and practice of work discussion in professional groups; attachment and inequality in social policy, and has given over 100 conference presentations on these themes over the past 20 years. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education by the University of East London in 2007. 

Dr. Miomir Milovanovic is Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at NEPFT NHS Trust, a psychoanalyst and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Centre of Psychoanalytic Studies. He works with individual in and out-patients, teams and different professional groups within mental health organizations. He also works in private practice.

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  Film Club since 2010.

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