UnLonely Film Festival 5

Clouds

A young boy struggling with depression navigates through his daily routine, while being followed by a grey cloud.

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Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“Clouds is my most personal film yet and to say the film has been in the making for a long time would be a massive understatement.

I had the initial idea 12 years ago and I tried to get it made several times over the many years, but without a budget I couldn’t get the support I needed to make the version I wanted.

I shelved the idea and over the next decade I concentrated on making other short films. This was very useful as I became a better writer and director and I built a list of strong contacts along the way.

I lost my mother to cancer in 2010 and it affected me a great deal and after some time I started to think about Clouds once again and I decided I wanted to make this film to honour her. So, after a script rewrite and many other failed attempts trying to get it made, I enlisted the help of my long-time collaborator Phil Beastall, not only would he shoot the film but he would also produce it.

As this film had no budget, Phil pulled in all of his favours and we managed to secure an amazing cast and crew and also shoot at multiple locations for free, including a school, a bus and several houses.

We shot the film in July 2017 but as it was a heavy visual effects film, it came to halt. We had many issues in post-production which I won’t go into, but to sum up we had to restart the project multiple times.

The film was finally finished in late 2020, the actors may be older but the film I wanted to make is now finally finished.

I hope you enjoy the film and it makes you feel something, but more than anything I hope it brings you and your loved ones closer together.”

David Yorke is a multi award-winning director and BAFTA Crew 2021 member with over 15 years of experience in short films, music videos and broadcast television.

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Join the Conversation

At one point or another, we have all been caregivers in some way. What was or is the experience like for you?  Did you find any strategies or techniques that helped you navigate the situation?

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2 Comments

  1. Julia Frey

    I was over 50 when my husband received his terminal diagnosis, but I wasn’t really a grownup. Caring for him without experience was difficult. I had to quit my job and change my life completely. I admit I was pretty unwilling. We were living across the street from NY’s World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 when terrorists crashed airplanes into the Twin Towers. Somehow I helped him escape from our apartment before the towers fell. Living overlooking the burning ruins until he finally died three years later was terrible for both of us. In addition to the diaster and his illness, we both had PTSD. At some point I was suicidal. But one day I got a grip. I realized that taking myself out would be totally cowardly, abandoning him when he was helpless. So I quit whining and did what I had to do, good naturedly and without stinting. Something good can come out of loss. It made me grow up at last. It was about time. I’m very grateful.

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  2. Jeremy J Nobel

    Thanks, Julia, for sharing your very powerful story. I think in our efforts to care for others we sometimes find strengths we didn’t know we had. It can change us. Your caregiving experience appears to have led to achieving some emotional growth in your life that still sustains you. So, even in a tragic loss, an important gain!

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