At the Threshold


At the Threshold is a melodrama provoked by the question: ‘Can a mother experience too much empathy for her child?’ It is also the second of three short films created by Martin inspired by her research into a form of heightened physical sensitivity called mirror-touch synaesthesia. People with this neurological condition feel a palpable sensation of touch on their own bodies when they see another person, or even an object, being touched.   A movie’s fight scene batters such a synaesthete; a glimpse of a father hugging his child imparts the sensation of warm, encircling arms.   Many people with the condition also experience mirror-pain, mirror-cold, mirror-movement, mirror-breathing, and mirror-emotion, extending the sharing of senses to a kind of blurring between self and other. Martin aims to capture some of these feelings and ideas in the structure, words, and images of At the Threshold.


Anamaria Marinca
Carolina Valdés
Myles Westman


Written by
Joseph Alford
Daria Martin
Simon Stephens 

Director of Photography
Emma Dalesman

Amy Hounsell

Sound Editor
Franziska Treutler

Zeena Parkins

P.G. Film Ltd.

Marcus Werner Hed

Production Manager
Isabella Palmer

Production Designer
Billur Turan

1st Assistant Director
Jacques Simon

First Assistant Camera
Joni Juttilainen

Second Assistant Camera
Joe Martin

Tom North

Grzegorz Krzeszowiec

Ionut Apetroae
Neil Hawkins

Sound Mixer
Jake Whitelee

Boom Operator
Juliet Plumtre

Art Assistants
Jimmy Wheeldon
Orlando Diver
William Wyld

Myles’ drawings
Flo Brooks

Robin Shepherd

Stills Photographer
Thierry Bal

Make-up Artists
Sophie Singh
Hannah Barnett

Caroline Sharp
Francesca Costa

William Winant performing on the
Lou Harrison Gamelan

Thanks to:

Michael Banissy
Torsten Blume, Christian Hiller and the Wood Workshop
at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Caryl Churchill
Elinor Cleghorn
Cinelab London
Denise Marques and Doug Ledin at Fotokem
Sallyanne McFadden
Massimiliano Mollona
Nicholas Oliviere
Mark Barker, Oliver Evans and Zach Furniss
at Maureen Paley, London
The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford
Daniel Jaramillo at Soundnode
Fiona Torrance
Jamie Ward
Waterloo Film Studios

Special thanks to:
Those anonymous synaesthetes whose stories inspired our script

Funded by:
The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
The Leverhulme Trust
The Wellcome Trust