The REP hosts films made by John Taylor Hospice
Visitors to The REP will have the chance to see a thought-provoking film exhibition made by people cared for by Birmingham's John Taylor Hospice.
The Life:Moving exhibition will be hosted at the theatre to coincide with the award-winning drama Duet for One.
The two will complement each other as Life:Moving features films created by John Taylor Hospice patients with terminal illnesses and their families and Duet for One tells the story of a gifted musician diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The Life:Moving footage was created with professional filmmaker Briony Campbell who worked with the patients on recording techniques and story-telling. Made over a six-month period across 2016-2017, each piece is a very personal approach to living with a terminal illness.
Mum-of-three Fran Tierney, who receives support at John Taylor's day hospice, is one of the project's filmmakers. Fran, who lives in Erdington, said: “The Life:Moving film project was something completely new for me - unique and personal. Motor neurone disease is unfortunately part of my life but it doesn't define who I am and through the film I was able to be completely honest about my life and thoughts and convey who I am. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the project.”
Life:Moving - funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council - forms part of an academic research project examining the ethical issues surrounding filming people at end of life.
Principal investigator Michele Aaron, Associate Professor of Film at the University of Warwick, said: “Working with the patients at John Taylor Hospice has been a real privilege and the films they made are very special in their honesty and tell us a lot about the power of film. Each person is an individual so it is not surprising that their films are also very different.
“Life:Moving challenges society's misconceptions about terminal illness by giving those experiencing it the opportunity to share their true stories with a wide audience.”
The films are available to watch on screens on the first floor between September 22 and October 21.
John Taylor Hospice art psychotherapist Jed Jerwood, who also worked on Life:Moving, added: “We are delighted that The Rep is supporting Life:Moving by hosting the exhibition alongside Duet for One. I would urge anyone in Birmingham city centre to pop along and watch one, or all, of these films which are not only thought-provoking but also life-affirming.”