Harbouring Illness: Film Screening and Photography Exhibition

By Esca van Blarikom

On Wednesday 13th of September, we organise an in-person screening of “Harbouring Illness”: a 20 minute participatory film on the Mile End campus of Queen Mary University of London. After the screening there will be a (free) drinks reception where you can look at a related photography exhibition. This event is open to all. 

Wednesday 13th of September 2023 | 5-7pm.

G19 Alfred Hitchcock Cinema

Queen Mary University of London

In-person only. Please reserve your tickets here.

The Film

“Harbouring Illness” is an intimate portrait of three women living with long-term health conditions in an East London neighbourhood. Through their stories, the film offers a profound insight into the everyday challenges of living with chronic illness amidst an overstretched and underfunded healthcare system. It delves into the effects of social isolation and the struggles that come with maintaining a healthy life in the face of substandard living conditions. 

This short film is directed and produced by PhD student Esca van Blarikom as part of her project. Please find more information about the research project here.


The event

This 20-minute film  emerged from a research project on the experiences of working-age adults with multiple long-term health conditions. The film screening will be followed by a discussion and reception, with food and drinks provided. During the reception we will invite you to have a look at the accompanying photo exhibition, displaying images that form part of a participatory photography project which lay the groundwork for the production of “Harbouring Illness”.


This in-person event will be an excellent opportunity to meet patients, health professionals, policy-makers and researchers whose work deals with health and social adversity.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requirements regarding accessibility or general queries.

Email: e.vanblarikom@qmul.ac.uk


5:00-5:10 Walk-in

5:10-5:20: Introduction

5:20-5:40 Film Screening

5:40-6: Q&A

6-7: Drinks reception and photography exhibition


More info and (free) tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

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