Penny Lane: In Focus - The Pain of Others (2018)

7 Sep 2018

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Cost of entry

£12 Standard / £11 Student

BFI Southbank

London, United Kingdom


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  • Waterloo, Embankment and Charing Cross.

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Open City Documentary Festival will be presenting a focus on Penny Lane, a revered director who has been making innovative nonfiction films for over a decade. Alongside a selection of her shorts, we will screen her features Our Nixon and The Pain of Others.


Morgellons disease is a medical mystery. Although doctors have no explanation for the condition, thousands of sufferers claim to experience a persistent crawling sensation under their skin, thin fibres growing out of their body and a host of other symptoms. Penny Lane dives head first into the online community of Morgellons patients re-working candid home-videos uploaded to YouTube by three women who are afflicted with the disease. The Pain of Others explores the slippery ideas around self-diagnosis, empathy and online support networks but Lane’s original and unsettling film refuses to offer answers to any of its own questions.

+ Q&A with director Penny Lane.

Part of Penny Lane: In Focus, a series of screenings + Q&A's with Lane.

Other events include a screening of Our Nixon (2013) and a The Short Films of Penny Lane (2004 - 2018).

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