It seems I’ve been missing a bit of a treat on Channel Four where a remarkable, uplifting series called What About Me? has been airing for the past few weeks.
I’ve corrected my oversight with a freebie DVD so I can now tell you that What About Me? is a true multi-platform project encompassing the TV series, a documentary film and album masterminded by Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto.
Over a period of four years, the pair travelled the globe, speaking to iconic and popular figures including Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra, Stephen Fry and Sir Bob Geldof but the real beauty of the interviews is the inclusion of ‘ordinary’ people around the world.
It’s pretty rare that every day people’s opinions are presented as having equal weight as those of better known figures and these contributions provide some of the film’s most insightful remarks and reflections.
The result is a stunningly original and truly inspiring look at human spirituality, and the connections which bind us as a species.
Each contributor talks about elements of the human psyche such as the sexual power women hold over men, the perceptions of body image, attitudes to equality between the sexes, the impact of television and the procession from boy to manhood.
It’s impossible to do this remarkable project justice in a few paragraphs, but watching the DVD was an uplifting experience and if you’re looking for some easy to follow , but though inspiring exploration of what makes us as a species the DVD (which includes the film and TV series) and can be ordered through the seenit entertainment store.
It’ll also make a good Christmas present!