The Memory strand came about through our ambition to put on relaxed screenings for those suffering from dementia and their carers. Calamity Jane will be the relaxed performance, open to all and others in the strand include Imaginaerum, Still Mine, The Closer We Get and My Love, Don’t Cross That River.
The battle against bureaucracy is a theme that crosses international boundaries and Still Mine is a Canadian take on the struggle of the little guy. In this instance, the little guy is octogenarian Craig, played by James Cromwell (LA Confidential, The Artist) who is trying to build a new, more manageable house for his wife (beautifully played by Geneviève Bujold) who is starting to struggle with dementia.
A tale of man against the state, old values against the new and a love of the land and the family. Still Mine is a worthy first feature in our memory strand.
Relaxed Dementia Friendly Screening
Thigh-slappin', sarsaparilla-swiggin', sharp-shootin' Calamity Jane is a woman in a man's world, fitting in the only way she can - by being one of them. As driver of the Deadwood stagecoach, she fearlessly fights off countless Indian ambushes to bring the frontier town its provisions.
Back at the bar, she joins the "mangy pack of dirt trashin' beetles" at the Golden Garter theatre for a drink and recounts tall tales of her daily travails. The only man tougher than her in these parts is the charming but notorious Wild Bill Hickok. Her only feminine weakness is her secret love for Lt Gilmartin.
One of Doris Day's most famous performances with a score packed with Oscar-winning songs, this is a film to take you back in time.
This screening is the first in a programme of dementia friendly film screenings in 2016 funded by Film Hub North and Cumbria Community Foundation.
Described by Mark Kermode as "a poignant examination of the bonds of family love", The Closer We Get is a remarkable documentary film from Karen Guthrie.
Kermode continues, "When her mother is debilitated by a stroke, Karen and her siblings rally round, joined by father, Ian, who left them years ago, but who has remained a powerful presence/absence. Unravelling the complex strands of their home life takes Karen from Scotland to Africa, wondering how she managed to go so long without asking 'how exactly did we get here?'".
We hope that Karen Guthrie will be able to attend the screening and talk about this remarkable film.
Based on an album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, Imaginaerum was an obvious choice for inclusion in the Memory Strand.
As he lies in a coma, composer Thomas relives his life from being a 10 year-old orphan, while his estranged daughter, Gem, struggles at his bedside, wondering whether to sign a 'Do Not Resuscitate' order.
As Thomas' life story, mixing recollection and fantasy, converges with the present day, Gem embarks on her own journey to discover her past and reach a form of reconciliation.
Towering Gothic fantasy and soaring chords from Nightwish's album make Imaginaerum a visual and aural spectacle.
Love is real and Jin Mo-young's documentary My Love, Don’t Cross that River proves it. The film captures moments of elderly couple's Jo Byeong-man and Kang Kye-yeol's last moments of their 76 year marriage, filmed over 15 months. And they were just as in love as they must have been in their vivacious youths. Even though their bodies aged the love and playfulness in their eyes and hearts stayed forever young.
Visually beautiful, ScreenSpace described this documentary as "achingly sweet, funny and insightful".