Watch our latest 3 minute trailer below to see more footage from our film:
Some films simply demand to be made, no matter how challenging. Across the world, 7,000 babies are stillborn every single day. That’s 1.2 million babies a year. Yet talking about the loss of a baby remains a taboo, causing social isolation and adding loneliness to the burden of bereaved families.
In this film we work closely with several families who have an ability to communicate their loss in powerful and surprising ways. Each story focuses on a different aspect of the experience, including the differences in the roles and expectations of bereaved mothers and fathers and the unique challenges they face. Uncovering the impact on living siblings and on the wider community, we see the far-reaching effects of losing a tiny life.
This is a deeply human story, supported by beautifully composed footage. This compelling film demands to be made, this taboo to be challenged and the silence surrounding stillbirth to be broken.
Raising funds for editing
We have finished shooting and are about to begin post production. We have over 150 hours of powerful footage.
We have a fantastic post production team, including a BAFTA award winning editor and the edit will take place at Molinare, to be finished to the highest standard.
Because our production team and film crew are passionate about this film they have contributed a lot of time and work for little remuneration. We all have to eat and feed our families, though and we've been able to shoot this inspiring film thanks, in part, to the generosity of the crowdfunding community.
The shoot has cost around £75,000 over the past two years. We need to raise another £85,000 to complete the film. We are aiming to raise £5,000 of this here on Kickstarter. We are also applying for funding to various organisations and looking for private financial investment.
We have had kind financial support from:
South London and Maudsley Charitable Trust
MJB Charitable Trust
Derby, Chesterfield and Bedforshire Sands
The Lily Mae Foundation
Sheffield Town Trust
Christine Bell, Alice Jolly and Vanessa Thatcher
...and hundreds of pledges on our previous crowd funding campaigns ranging from £1 up to £5000.
Please be one of our sponsors, and help get this film completed.
Making the film this way enables us to retain Editorial control, ensuring that we make a sensitive film, that fully respects the families that have shared their stories with us.
"...This is one of the most neglected, marginalised, stigmatised
issues in global health today. We simply don't talk about stillbirths."
Robert Horton, Editor in Chief, The Lancet.
Writer/Director - Debbie Howard
Debbie set up Big Buddha Films, an independent film company in Sheffield, UK in 2006. After twenty years as a professional actress, Debbie moved over into Directing. She has made many short films to date, winning several awards and nominations. She won Best Producer for her short film Pussy which looked at sexual bullying, she won Best Comedy for her film Bring Me Joy, various nominations and Special Mentions for her short documentary Black or White? and her children's film The Girl With the World in Her Hair has just been selected for the UK's shorts collections Film Club by the British Council. Her last short Peekaboo, has just won an Honourable Mention for story in the USA. You can see all of Debbie's work on her website at www.bigbuddhafilms.co.uk
Producer - Colin Pons
Colin set up Studio of the North who has worked in the UK film and TV industry over the last twenty five years. Amongst the 26 feature films Produced, Executive Produced or Mentored are the BAFTA winning “This Little Life” (Director Sarah Gavron ) and the much acclaimed “Acid House” (Director Paul McGuigan), “The Darkest Light” (Directors Simon Beaufoy and Bille Eltringham), “HUSH” (Director Mark Tonderai) “iLL Manors” (Director Ben Drew) and feature documentary “Zoned In” (Director Daniela Zanzotto) which won the Tribeca audience award for documentary. Short films include BAFTA winners “Shadowscan” (Director Tinge Krishnan), “My Wrongs # 8245-8249 & 117” (Director Chris Morris) and the much acclaimed “Kissed By Angels” (documentary Director Daniela Zanzotto), Hands Solo (Director William Mager) and Cannes nominated “Better or Worse” (Director Jocelyn Cammack).
Producer - Polly Perkins
Since graduating with a 1st degree in Film Theory and Production, has worked on a variety of TV and Film projects, such as Channel Four's TFI Friday and Reg Travis's reknowned short, Self Help. She has developed an expertise in project management and practical creativity. Her recent focus on publicity and PR, whilst working in Development & Marketing for Studio of the North, means she offers us a complete package of both focused industry knowledge of Exhibition and Distribution and broader skills and contacts. She also lectures on Film Production on Undergraduate and MA courses.
Editor - Joby Gee
BAFTA Craft and Royal Television Society Craft award winning editor Joby Gee has worked in television for over thirty years. Starting as a runner in 1984 and then moving up the ranks to assistant film editor and, a year later, to editor. His range of work has developed in diversity from political documentaries to landmark science series including Horizon and Walking With Dinosaurs, feature length drama documentaries like the EMMY nominated The Flight That Fought Back for Discovery US to helping fledgling directors with their first films. His work on BBC2’s ‘The Fallen’ won him the BAFTA award for Best Editing (Factual) and the RTS Craft Award for editing along with a further two RTS and BAFTA nominations.
Ruth Pitt - Exec Producer
Ruth is an executive producer, journalist and writer with a long track record in documentary making. Previous posts include head of factual and features at Tiger Aspect Productions, creative director of documentaries in BBC Religion and Ethics, head of documentaries at Granada Television and work with Century Films, Yorkshire Television, Real Life Productions and Screen England. Programmes of particular note include the acclaimed 7UP series. Ruth was editor of the award winning BBC documentary strand Everyman and also executive produced a host of films and series including Owning Auschwitz, The Great British Property Scandal, My Big Fair Trade Adventure and many more. She is BAFTA nominated and awards include Royal Television Society, Grierson, Broadcast Production, Sandford St Martin, New York Film Festival and International Emmy.
Emma Dalesman - Director of PhotographyA graduate of the Cinematography MA at the National Film and Television School. Shooting a range of projects encompassing fiction, documentary, commercials and animation, her work has been nominated for both the Kodak and Fujifilm Cinematography awards and shown in competition at international film festivals. Currently working on her second feature length documentary the first having been successful in securing completion funds from Al-Jazeera. Her commercial work has been shown across numerous platforms including terrestrial and international broadcast, new media and multiplex cinemas nationwide. Website: www.emmadalesman.com
Grant Bridgeman - Sound Recordist
Grant is a BAFTA nominated freelance Sound Recordist in both location sound recording and audio post production for film and TV. On location he has worked on TV drama’s such as Mr Selfridge (ITV), Accused (BBC) and Bert and Dickie (BBC), Feature films including Best Laid Plans, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Guinea Pigs, Harold’s Going Stiff, Bronson and Control, and documentaries such as Goth Cruise, This Chair is not me and if Himmler Played Guitar. Debbie Howard and Grant have worked together many times in the past, both on set and in post production. http://www.2020sound.co.uk/sections/default.aspx
Debbie's previous short film Peekaboo also looked at stillbirth:
wonderfully tender and compassionate articulation of love and loss.
Peekaboo unwraps the layers of grief and emotional reconciliation with
heart breaking precision and sensitivity."
Caroline Cooper Charles, Creative England
completing Peekaboo, I felt very strongly that there was so much more
to say about stillbirth. I felt that these parents should speak for
themselves. This subject matter is not popular, but these stories must
be told so that people understand what happens when their
baby dies. I feel utterly compelled to make this film and break the
silence around baby loss. This is my mission."
Our other crew:
Emily Axon - Assistant Producer
Barbara De Biasi - Composer
Will Winfield - Assistant Editor
Paul Wiseman & Leon Lockley - DoP
David Mitchell, Heather Jordan, Rob Newman &
Rowan October - Sound Recordists
Stills - Jacqui Bellamy
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"Thank you for what you are doing. When I lost my little girl, I had no idea that losing my child in the way I did was even possible - not really. It wasn't mentioned, there was no warning. And then to go on to find out how common it really is really frustrated me. Awareness needs to be brought to this topic. Something needs to change.
I look forward to tracking the progress of
your project. Strength and light to you as you embark on exploring one
of the most cruel losses. And thank you again for taking it on."
Cath Adelbert, Sydney, Australia
Risks and challenges
The challenge we face is to engage audiences to want to watch a film about such a heartbreaking subject matter and for this to have a further reach than only those that have lost a baby themselves. In order to tackle this, we have chosen stories that offer hope, love and courage. Although the film will be desperately sad in places, with themes of grief and loss that many people will identify with in their own lives, not only those that have lost a baby, we also see how it’s possible to transform this grief into hope as we follow these very different journey’s as families rebuild their lives after loss.
We have become incredibly passionate about telling these parent’s stories, as we have discovered how much of a taboo existed around talking about stillbirth and how this impeded the healing the families involved. We had met such courageous and inspiring people and wanted to share their lives with others.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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