A film morning in the Anglican Chapel as part of Life, Death (and the Rest) – we are inviting audiences to drop-in and watch a programme of films that discuss and explore the subject matter of death and dying. The programme includes award winning short film ‘Rachel’ by Karen Anstee and films from The Good Grief Project.
11am: Rachel (Run time: 15 mins)
11.20am: Trailer for A Love That Never Dies by The Good Grief Project
11.30am: Say Their Name by The Good Grief Project (Run time: 17 mins)
On repeat until 1pm
Rachel has abandoned her Jewish roots for an alternative life with her surfer boyfriend Josh but when she dies her father Frank comes to claim her body for burial in the traditional way. Josh is a gentle guy and doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but urged on by Rachel’s spirit he has to defend Rachel’s right to a send off that will break her parents hearts. Both men are acting out of love for Rachel. Whoever wins, it’s a tragedy but Rachel lived her life the way she wanted, and her desire to have that validated by her final resting place culminates in a bittersweet but uplifting finale.
Writer – Director KAREN ANSTEE originally trained as a violinist at the Royal Academy of Music before playing with many symphony, opera and ballet orchestras both in the UK and USA, alongside backing artists such as Sting, Kanye West and Goldfrapp. She used her time on tour to write fiction inspired by her time in the music industry. Her first novel, When the Fat Lady Thins is now available on Amazon and her short story Symphony of Sighs, was produced for BBC Radio 4, starring Hugh Dennis, and being named ‘Pick of the Week’ by both The Telegraph and the Radio Times.
Say Their Name is a film for bereavement charity The Compassionate Friends – a peer to peer support group run by bereaved parents and siblings for bereaved parents and siblings. Possibly the only film available in the UK made exclusively by bereaved parents for bereaved parents, the film explores what it means to grieve for a child in a world that is uncomfortable talking about death dying and bereavement. These are illuminating testimonies from a range of parents and siblings, all of who have found support and strength from TCF. Of the many messages contained in the film three stand out – everyone will grieve differently, there is no timetable for grief, and please don’t be afraid to talk to us about our dead child … it’s more upsetting for us if you ignore her (or him) … so say their name – out loud.