This 75-minute documentary film demonstrates just how connected babies are to other people. Narrated by research scientist Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, we are guided moment-by-moment through the subtle shifts in babies’ movements, expressions and attention. We observe babies in the most ordinary of activities: having their nappy changed, playing with their older sibling, meeting a stranger, catching sight of their reflection in a mirror. Once the pace of the interaction is slowed down, as we follow along with Suzanne Zeedyk’s observations, we begin to see the hidden sophistication of babies’ capacities, even at the youngest of ages.
The film is structured in six chapters, which we call ‘dances’. Each begins and ends with commentary from some of the UK’s leading researchers in infant psychology, including Colwyn Trevarthen, Vasu Reddy and Jonathan Delafield-Butt.
The film is well suited to a range of purposes, including professional CPD, presentations, classroom lectures, and group discussions. It is accompanied by a set of Guidance Notes that assist you in getting the very best out of your screening. We might add, though, that some our team’s most favourite moments have occurred when we hear that the film has been purchased as gift for parents welcoming new babies into their lives.
The film was originally launched in 2011 and funded by the British Psychological Society. It is a co-production between Dr Suzanne Zeedyk and filmmaker Jonathan Robertson.
The film is available in two formats: DVD or streamed.
- The DVD is formatted in Standard Definition (SD) 576×1024, 16:9 Wide Screen. It is region-free, and will play equally well on PAL (European) and NTSC (American) equipment. Discounts are available for bulk orders; please feel free to contact us via our Contact Page.
- The STREAM is formatted in High Definition (HD) 1080×1920, 16:9 Wide Screen. It is accessed via your customer account on our website. You are welcome to watch the film as many times as you wish; there is no limit on viewings.
The film is priced on the website to make it affordable for families and small group viewings. Should you wish to screen the film to groups larger than 25, please contact us via our Contact Page, where we can discuss pricing schedules with you. We offer affordable rates for all groups, as our primary goal is to reach the public with this information on the science of connection.
Donna Adams, Lullaby Lane Nursery Manager –
The ‘dance of the mirror’, with the little girl and her granny talking about her mirror reflection, is fascinating. I am keen to share it with our nursery team. I am thinking about how we can get the information in this film to parents as well.
Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, Emertius Professor of Child Psychology & Psychobiology, University of Edinburgh –
This film is beautifully made, a mind opener in our rational age. Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk builds on the scientific evidence that babies are persons from the start. The film will inspire viewers to reflect on the innate wisdom of babies and to value the joy they bring when in our company.