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Echoes

The animated film Echoes brings memories to life to illustrate the far-reaching impact of loneliness in someone who’s lost a partner and is now living alone. In the film, the central character is haunted by the memories sparked by objects in his empty house, struggling to distinguish reality from the past.

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Talking with others about a shared arts experience can enrich our perspectives. Watch this video to explore the film’s meaning and major themes a bit more.

Meet the Filmmaker

Going to university as a mature student Ben Bradbury graduated from the University of Bedfordshire in 2018 following his dreams in studying animation to get a job within the animation industry. Wanting to give something back, Ben’s graduate film Echoes was created with the purpose of highlighting loneliness and vulnerability in the elderly community, which has been included in three festivals in 2019. Since graduating Ben is currently looking for opportunities within the creative industry and has become a teaching assistant helping run workshops in animation programmes at the University of Bedfordshire.

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How does the film change your perspective on what addiction can look like? When nothing outwardly seems wrong, how can we check-in with friends and family to make sure they’re coping and have someone to confide in?

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14 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    lost hurts at any point in life….

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  2. Anna

    This helps me understand what my grandma was going through. Thank you.

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  3. Martha

    Time can be so slow when you feel alone. Replaying memories can help but you cant stay in that space.

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  4. Anonymous

    Memories are everything.

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  5. Anonymous

    Our loved ones may be gone physically, but always in out memories. Don’t dwell on their emptiness, live life and move on with the good memories.

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  6. Cindy Archer-Burton

    This is a lovely and touching tribute, and very well done. You have an amazing future!

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  7. Anonymous

    Slipping into quiet reflection about a lost loved one is so powerful. At times, in my mind, I can feel their embrace. You did an incredible job capturing that feeling in a short film.

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  8. Saoudy Saoudy

    He misses not only her but his youth and the companionship and happiness they both shared and the light at the end indicate the end of his life

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  9. Anonymous

    Life seems so slow until you look back and see how much you took for granted.

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  10. Anonymous

    This is a very sad story, for I can relate except it is for my wife who is 27 years younger. We love each other very much and thus, we got married. We knew from the beginning that because of our age difference that I will past much sooner than she does. So in watching this short film, I am saddened for her. But this age difference did not stopped us, and instead focused on the positives for we are on this ride together, the journey of life.

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  11. Anonymous

    This brought back sentimental, sad feelings of when my husband passed away 2 years ago. I felt like I was being hugged by him while watching your film. Bravo!

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  12. Anonymous

    This feels close to home as my father-in-law’s wife passed away a year ago today and he has been living with us since she passed. I know he is happy to be with since we have 2 kids still living at home but that is not the same as having that love from a spouse, makes me feel sad for the part of him that is missing since she passed.

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  13. Anonymous

    This was so well done. Really captured the emotions of loss- whether that be of time, of dreams, of loved ones, or a part of ourselves. The music really enhanced the emotional pull.

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  14. Susan

    So difficult and telling. We need to help our neighbors and friends that are alone to build new relationships and help them to share important memories with others. Great film!

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