A teenage son and his mother share fears, hopes, and doubts – until the boy’s new stepmother arrives to celebrate his birthday.
At the Threshold is a Sirk-inspired 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. Many people with the condition experience a of blurring between self and other; here, the parent-child bond is deepened by this confusion.
Director of Photography
P.G. Film Ltd.
Marcus Werner Hed
1st Assistant Director
First Assistant Camera
Second Assistant Camera
William Winant performing on the
Lou Harrison Gamelan
Torsten Blume, Christian Hiller and the Wood Workshop
at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Denise Marques and Doug Ledin at Fotokem
Mark Barker, Oliver Evans and Zach Furniss
at Maureen Paley, London
The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford
Daniel Jaramillo at Soundnode
Waterloo Film Studios
Special thanks to:
Those anonymous synaesthetes whose stories inspired our script
The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
The Leverhulme Trust
The Wellcome Trust