Steaming is a documentary short about male intimacy at a traditional steam baths in London's East End. The film is provocative and unsettling as it challanges widely-held taboos and leaves the audiences questioning their attitudes towards touching. At the baths, cab drivers and market traders regularly gather to wash and massage each other. In the hot steam, the English reserve is broken down and taboos against touching are shattered. But after a sleep and a plate of kippers, the barriers between the men soon return.
Ashok Prasad was born in Liverpool in 1962 of Indian parents. He trained as an engineer and worked as a teacher and radio reporter before joining BBC Television in 1990. For the past four years he has worked as an Assistant Producer in the Documentaries Department of the BBC. Steaming is his directorial debut. He is passionate about making documentary films that challenge people's assumptions and prejudices.
Steaming (cm, 1995).
Director of photography: Steve Standen.
Editor: James Edmonds.
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