The Emotions of Others explores our understanding of the knowledge of emotions and their signature facial expressions. The documentary essay features a diverse range of filmed participants, combined with a conversation between a 'voice of doubt' and a 'voice of certainty'; a debate that questions whether emotional expression, either in the flesh or via representational media, is a reliable route to the knowledge of others' minds.
The film includes examples of facial expressions in old master and contemporary paintings - from Simone Martini to Marlene Dumas - and film clips from F.W. Murnau, Sergio Leone, Jean-Luc Godard and Laurel & Hardy. A voiceover reads extracts from Charles Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872).
Directed by artists Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan, the film forms part of research undertaken by the Knowledge of Emotions project, at The University of Manchester.
Dialogue script by Catharine Abell and Joel Smith