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)


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Talia Augustidis

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

Eleanor McDowall

Eleanor McDowall makes audio documentaries, zines about the radio, podcasts and occasionally writes sound captions for films. She is one of two Directors at Falling Tree Productions and the Series Producer of Short Cuts, BBC Radio 4's home for adventurous short-form documentaries. In her spare time she runs Radio Atlas - an English-language home for subtitled audio from around the world.


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