Private Project

shirt and teapot

Shirt and Teapot (2014) was inspired by my mother’s stories of her experiences as a student in the private missionary schools during the colonial era in Ghana, West Africa. The film highlights the monotony and banality of domestic duties. The melancholic soundscape creates an atmosphere of a longing for an imagined life. The sound of African children playing evokes a feeling of the loss of childhood. The gestures of hands suggest that the person in the film is subordinate and marginalised by her circumstances. These actions represent the power structures that have evolved between privileged and marginalised persons in the context of domestic enslavement. The absence of a person wearing the shirt implies that it is an institutional legacy that has set up domestic enslavement rather than attributing the cause to one individual. Shirt & Teapot (2014) was officially selected for the International Black Women's Film Festival in San Francisco in December, 2015.

  • P.D. Casely-Hayford
  • P.D. Casely-Hayford
  • P.D. Casely-Hayford
  • P.D. Casely-Hayford
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  • P.D. Casely-Hayford
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    100 AUD
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  • International Black Women's Film Festival
    San Francisco, U.S.A.
    December 4, 2015
    North American Premier
    Official Selection
Director Biography - P.D. Casely-Hayford

P.D. Casely-Hayford's artistic practice includes the cultural animation, film, soundscapes, film-theatre hybrid documentaries, and creative writing. After years of extensive travel and cultural and creative interchanges, Ghana, the home of her maternal family and its culture remain her key inspiration. Casely-Hayford completed of a doctorate in Visual Arts:the Moving Image and Visual Culture at Queensland University of Technology in 2015 and is currently based in Australia. Her work has been officially selected and screened internationally at film festivals.

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Director Statement

I explore the ways in which people from the global south have been historically represented in text, images, and sound and the legacies associated with these interpretations. I am interested in experimenting with the moving image, animation and soundscapes. My stories inspired by the journeys of our Ancestors, the cultural landscapes we inhabit, and the worlds we imagine.