Blue Buttercream


During a session with her counsellor, a young woman with a chronic pain condition relives memories from her past and observes how her life has transformed because of her disease.

BLUE BUTTERCREAM begins with our protagonist Ava at her therapy session, throughout the session questions are asked which trigger memories of the last few months. We see her fall in love, we meet her friends and we see Ava’s chronic pain relapse begin. As her physical mobility breaks down, her internal reality becomes distorted. Memories become more distressing. Stymied of an ability to understand her body and to translate her experience to others, her capacity to function becomes increasingly difficult and her tolerance for intimacy breaks. As her counsellor asks Ava: what does she want, how could she achieve it? The film asks the audience to consider the limits of our identity in bodily terms, are the range of our experiences bound by our physical selves?


Winding veils round their heads, the women walked on deck. They were now moving steadily down the river, passing the dark shapes of ships at anchor, and London was a swarm of lights with a pale yellow canopy drooping above it. There were the lights of the great theatres, the lights of the long streets, lights that indicated huge squares of domestic comfort, lights that hung high in air.

No darkness would ever settle upon those lamps, as no darkness had settled upon them for hundreds of years. It seemed dreadful that the town should blaze for ever in the same spot; dreadful at least to people going away to adventure upon the sea, and beholding it as a circumscribed mound, eternally burnt, eternally scarred. From the deck of the ship the great city appeared a crouched and cowardly figure, a sedentary miser.

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