UnLonely Film Festival 5

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Lilian, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, sings at home alone and lonely, until Michael, himself suffering mental health challenges, joins a volunteer group phoning the elderly for company.

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Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“Now, with many countries on lockdown and people isolated at home, the issue of loneliness has never felt more relevant. Before the pandemic I had been researching the issue of loneliness for a year and have worked closely with charities in London that offer befriending services to lonely people. I came across a number of different stories, this is one of them.

We are social beings; the need to connect with others is at the heart of what it means to be human. In these strange times across the world the current pandemic has meant that countless people, forced into social isolation for their own good, are, perhaps for the first time in their life, suffering from a sense of isolation and loneliness.

Loneliness has always been with us, it is not a new problem; in an age of increased tech, smaller communities and increased isolation it is an experience that many already endure.

At the start of 2019, interested in this issue, I volunteered for a charity that matched befrienders with people experiencing loneliness. I was keen to help out, but also in telling the stories of some of these pairings and making a film with a focus on an unusual pair that transcended backgrounds, genders and races, enabling the piece to reach as wide an audience as possible.

This film follows two individuals who, even before the current pandemic, have experienced acute loneliness. We will see how, through reaching out and connecting with others, they overcame it, providing timely inspiration for those at home going through their own experience of loneliness.”

Liam Saint-Pierre is a filmmaker of documentaries, music videos and commercials, who is always on the lookout for compelling stories in strange places. He was born in Blackburn, in the north of England and with a desire to tell stories, he began making films. Initially this was in documentaries, but a focus on narrative has translated into other forms.

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Join the Conversation

Is there someone in your life who regardless of the state of the world, will still continue to experience separation from it? How can you spark a creative connection with them? What is one way you might be able to connect with them this week?

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Beautiful concept, so generous of SPIRIT

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  2. Sheila Rice

    This was a beautiful film. It touched me deeply. Amazing what you can get across in a short film.

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