Channel 4/ National Blood Service, 2004
Four short, animated documentaries at the cutting edge of their form in their use of animation, documentary and new media, explore the eye-opening issue of blood donation. The series was produced as a slate of films for Channel 4’s The Slot, entitled Blood Matters, in association with The National Blood Service.
What’s Blood Got To Do With It?
An irreverent, Python-esque lightning-fast tour through the history of the uses and misuses of blood, mixing informative narrative, with humorous visuals. Narrated by the refreshingly absurd comedian Alexei Sayle.
Director: Andy Glynne
Animation Director: Jim Field
Narrator: Alexei Sayle
This film chronicles the experiences of Leona, a black girl, born with Sickle Cell Disease. Now a teenager, she candidly describes the regular stream of hospital visits, sickle cell crises and blood transfusions that have become the fabric of her life.
Director: Rani Khanna
Animation Director: Benji Davies
Our British Asian ancestors had many mystical and exotic beliefs relating to the idea of giving blood. The Blood Sutra examines these ancient perspectives and applies 21st Century thinking to them. An entertaining whirlwind tour of Hindu attitudes towards blood.
Director: Rajesh Thind
Animation Director: Ravi Swami
A young Chinese woman tells the story of her determination to overcome family fears and objections and become a regular blood donor. Using live footage, animation and photographs the filmmaker juxtaposes the importance of an ancient heritage and respect for the family with a contemporary Chinese perspective.
Director: Caroline Gardiner
Animation Directors: Gemma Carrington and Alon Ziv