Please click below to watch Cell to Cell.
I worked as Cinematographer on this abstract piece which visually explores the spread of the HTLV-1 virus. Directed by Niamh O’Connor in collaboration with Hettie Griffiths.
‘Cell to Cell’ was born from conversations with Dr Mohamed Nejmeddine on his research into the HTLV-1 Virus. HTLV-1 is a complex retrovirus that is similar in some respects to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The majority of infected people do not develop any form of disease from the infection. However, in a small fraction of individuals, infection results in leukemia/lymphoma.
Using light and electron microscopy Dr Mohamed Nejmeddine research aims to understand the virus and how it travels from cell to cell contact. ‘Cell to Cell’ illustrates the virus traveling from cell to cell across the exterior of the body. Enlarging and exaggerating this micro process on a macro level. Visualising how the virus travels, spreads and invades the body. As the cells become infected by one another they morph and change colour becoming slightly sinister as it takes over the body. Commissioned by Imperial College London, the film was screened at the Beautiful Science exhibition, Brick Lane Gallery, 26th June – 2nd July 2012