Funded by an IDFA Doclab grant, Testing Times is an immersive audio experience which creates an unfiltered and unromanticized portrait of family life during a global pandemic. In 2021 Victoria Mapplebeck collaborated with her 18 year old son Jim to create a soundscape which captured their conflicting and contrasting experiences of lockdown life, living together in their small two bedroom London flat. Testing Times begins with over 50 hours of phone calls and voicemails, with friends and family recorded during multiple lockdowns in the UK. We hear the monumental bust ups, when tempers fray and doors slam. But we also hear the camaraderie and humour as Victoria and Jim live their increasingly separate lives side by side.
Testing Times premiered at IDFA where it was in competition at the 2021 IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling