HUG and HUG ME are the final films being released by Tricky Hat and The Flames as part of their film series, #DontStopTheFlames. Of all the limitations the pandemic has brought to our lives, it’s hugging we miss the most. We long to hug our families and friends, that close human contact that says so much more than words.
It’s not surprising that the last film in the #DontStopTheFlames project, a series of 8 films about lives and hopes and dreams in the post-Covid world, is about hugging – or the lack of it. This series ends with a two-part series finale.
HUG uses choreography to explore the lack of human connection, and the conflict between the desire to keep our loved ones close and the need to keep them at a social distance. Filmed in unusually quiet urban settings – outside the Science Centre in Glasgow and the Library in Sendai, Japan – it features a powerful soundscape, created using The Flames’ voices.
HUG ME was filmed by The Flames themselves, in Scotland and Japan. As well as demonstrating their digital upskilling, The Flames offer their own unique interpretations of human contact in recent times.
The making of #DontStopTheFlames took place virtually and in-person where possible. Flames across Scotland, Japan and New Zealand devised with Tricky Hat associate artists to create a series of eight films which were released between September and March. Each ‘Flame’ has their own unique tale to tell. This series allowed The Flames to tell their incredible stories about a new way of living and share their raw, real experiences of life at the present moment.
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