Leila Hussain

Rising 162 metres from the sea – the striking white chalk bluffs of Beachy Head have a troubled shore.

The town boasts the most suicides in Britain – averaging about twenty each year – the beauty of the landscape can be overshadowed by the fatal resolve of many of its visitors.

Leila Hussain’s short documentary Halfway at Sea is a medley of archival footage, timelapse, shipping forecasts and local memories. Offering heartbreak and happiness amid the chaotic cliffs.

Leila Hussain is listening to:

This American Life, Lives in a Landscape, The Kitchen Sisters, On Va Deguster, Radio 4 most of the time.

Leila Hussain is influenced by:

Andrew Kötting, Lindsay Anderson, Humphrey Jennings, Peter Greenaway, Alan Dein, John Bratby

Halfway at Sea has been shortlisted for the prestigious Grierson Award

-Megan Conery

Leila Hussain Filmaker