Prettybird director Sindha Agha has depicted the female experience of painful sex as part of a visceral visual essay series for BBC Three.
Created as part of the online channel’s ‘Body Language’ series, Agha’s film contrasts a feminine pastel palette against the painful imagery of broken glass and glinting knives. The film is narrated by the words of sufferer Rhoda Hierons, who compares the pain of sex as “glass shattering inside you and embedding itself”.
Agha’s visuals include honey being dripped into a hand-blown glass vase, a Jenga tower made from pink wafers and a mango filled with cut-up straws.
The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Navi Lamba.
Director – SINDHA AGHA
Production – PRETTYBIRD
Producer – PAULETTE CALETTI
Executive Producer – JULIETTE LARTHE
Head of Production – HANNAH MAY
Director of Photography – NEUS OLLÉ st
Digital Image Technician – EWAN MACFARLAN
Gaffer – JOSIE WILLIAMS
Art Director – HAYLEY MCDONALD
Art Department Assistant – LOIS TAGG
Editor – ELLIE MCNAUGHTAN
Offline Producer – ELLA SEDGWICK at WORK POST
Sound Recordist & Designer – HELEN MILES
Colourist – JESSICA VILE
Flame Artist – KATIE RHODES
Post-Production Producer – HANNAH OLIVER at FRAMESTORE
Casting Director - MAXINE LANKITUS-DUNKLEY at ATMOSPHERE FACES
Assistant Camera – MARK SWAFFIELD
Filmed at CLAPHAM ROAD STUDIOS
Painful Sex – RHONDA HIERONS Endometriosis – ANAIS THORN Antenatal Depression – PIPPA JOHNSON-KAPP
Early Menopause – DIANE DANZEBRINK