Checking One's Levels

Winner of the 2022-23 Third Coast/RHDF Competition Best Documentary: Short Award, selected by Final Round Judges Stacia Brown, Sharon Mashihi, and Justine Tobiasz.

2022-23 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2023 / Talia Augustidis / Eleanor McDowall / Short Cuts, Falling Tree Productions and BBC Radio 4, GBR

Winner of the 2022-23 Third Coast/RHDF Competition Best Documentary: Short Award, selected by Final Round Judges Stacia Brown, Sharon Mashihi, and Justine Tobiasz.


DESCRIPTION

Checking One's Levels is a quiet piece about memory and loss and porridge. It features recordings made over several months by Talia, a part-time caregiver and aspiring audio producer who is looking after a woman with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Talia and the woman were conducting recordings for a separate project, but each day as Talia set up the microphone, she asked the woman what she had for breakfast to check the levels. For audio producers, it’s a throwaway question; the answer doesn’t matter. But for the woman, the question held a deeper resonance.


This work was originally featured in the 2022-23 Third Coast Competition Showcase, a new way of celebrating Award-Winners, Finalists & Judges.


Full Credits

Talia Augustidis (Producer), Eleanor McDowall (Executive Producer)


produced by

Talia Augustidis

Talia Augustidis (She/Her) is an audio producer and community organiser.

Eleanor McDowall

Eleanor McDowall is a Director at Falling Tree productions, a documentary-maker and the Series Producer of Short Cuts - BBC Radio 4's space for adventurous short-form documentaries.


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