Film & The Arts


Revolutionary Medicine: A story of the first Garifuna Hospital

Screening & Discussion – Thursday – 4.15pm – Mini Theatre 1 (free)

Could a remote hospital that runs on solar panels, in a community without paved roads or electricity, provide a global model for health care? Since arriving in Honduras in 1797, the Garifuna people have struggled against exclusion, discrimination and dispossession of their land. Today, their first hospital provides holistic care, for free, without receiving a cent from the government. This is a story of how and why they do it.

Following the film there will be a short discussion, continuing into the evening Welcome Reception

‘Psoriasis – The Skin I’m In’

Live Performance – Saturday – 10.40am – Room 12 (free)

Born out of collaboration between Dr Sandy McBride, Consultant Dermatologist, and storyteller Sarah Sutcliffe, ‘Psoriasis – The Skin I’m In’ is an original film which looks at the wider life impact of psoriasis including emotional well-being and mental health.

1.8 million people in the UK are living with psoriasis and yet a third of these people will never see a doctor about their psoriasis, and often do not even tell their friends and family that they have psoriasis. The psychological aspects of living with psoriasis are often poorly understood and underestimated. People living with psoriasis and their doctors are frequently unaware that there are effective treatments available for psoriasis, hence people suffer unnecessarily often for decades. Dr Sandy McBride and Sarah Sutcliffe wanted to address these problems.

Dr Sandy McBride and Sarah Sutcliffe chose to develop a project using storytelling to address the misunderstanding around Psoriasis.

The script, live storytelling piece and ultimately the film, were developed from over 20 hours of interviews with people living with psoriasis. The film is based on these true experiences of men and women living with psoriasis who have told their own stories.

The Live performance (from which the film has been developed) has been met with a hugely warm reception from audiences, be they patients, family and friends of people with psoriasis, health professionals, or people with no previous experience of psoriasis. It has already changed the way people view thecondition and its impact, with dermatologists reporting they have changed the way they practice due to what they’ve learnt from the performances.