John Michie, Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds Take Part in Q&A following the Premiere of Documentary A Love That Never Dies
Coronation Street & Holby City actor, John Michie to take part in Q&A with producers and directors - Jane Harris, Jimmy Edmonds following premiere of documentary 'A Love That Never Dies'
“Beautifully made, poetic in its grace, deeply moving…inspiring” Roger Graef (Filmmaker)
“A very personal labour of love that never feels indulgent. Good stuff” Charlie Phillips (The Guardian)
“Powerful and important stories. Grief can bring us together and teach us how to live. Few people have embraced their grief stories with as much love and energy and courage as Jimmy and Jane.” Dr Katherine Shear (Centre for Complicated Grief – Columbia University)
“An incredible film so full of sadness, beauty, empathy and love” Ollie Huddlestone (Film editor)
The Good Grief Project in association with Beyond Goodbye Media are thrilled to announce that following their UK Premiere of new documentary A Love That Never Dies at The Prince Charles Cinema on Friday 18th May, former star of Holby City, Coronation Street and Taggart, John Michie will join the director producer husband and wife team, Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds for the Q&A.
Having tragically lost his daughter, Louella Michie last year at the age of 25, John Michie is now an ambassador for The Good Grief Project, who are dedicated to understanding grief as a creative and active process.
The Q&A will be hosted by Maria Ahern who is the Chair of The Compassionate Friends organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age, from any cause.
A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES is a personal journey by two bereaved parents Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds and a love letter to their son Josh. Their son died in a road accident in South East Asia seven years ago and they now honour him with their own journeys: to Vietnam and the place where he died, to Varanasi, India and a road trip across the USA, where they meet with other families who have also lost a child, all of whom have found grief variously isolating, transformative yet ultimately life enhancing.
A poetic film in a culture that is still uneasy talking about death, dying and bereavement, this film gives a hopeful voice to grief in ways that will move and inspire.
Actor and Ambassador of The Good Grief Project, John Michie said “When your child dies it is devastating for the family, and in many cases affects people for the rest of their lives. It is for this reason I am honoured to become an Ambassador for this vital and worthy charity and take part in the Q and A at the London Premiere of A Love That Never Dies.”
Maria Ahern, Chair of The Compassionate Friends said "It is a great honour to be asked to chair this important event. As well as providing a glimpse into bereavement, the film offers an insight for those who support bereaved parents: family, friends, colleagues, and the wider community. When a parent loses their child, all their relationships are affected. Understanding this, and how important it is to maintain a relationship with that child, is key to being able to provide that support.”
Director, Cinematographer & Editor, Jimmy Edmonds said “As a filmmaker, A Love That Never Dies has been the hardest project I’ve ever worked on. As a bereaved dad, it has probably saved my life”.
Co-Director and Producer, Jane Harris said “It’s about not shying away from grief, of not letting go but of continuing the bond with the deceased and finding rewards where we expected none”.
A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES is released in UK cinemas 18th May
London Film Premiere: Friday 18th May 2018, 8.30 pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY
Dying Matters Awareness Week – 14th-20th May 2018
A Love That Never Dies will be in UK cinemas from Friday 18th May, with screenings appearing at the below locations:
Sunday 20th May - The Watershed, Bristol
Monday 21st May - The Electric, Birmingham
Wednesday 30th May - HOME, Manchester
Monday 4th June - The Dukes Cinema, Lancaster
Thursday 7th June - The Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
Monday 11th June - The Phoenix Cinema, Exeter
Thursday 14th June - The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford
Tuesday 26th June - Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Wednesday 11th July - The Guildhall, Gloucester
Tuesday 17th July - The Plaza, Truro
TBC - July - Dartington Hall, Totness
JIMMY EDMONDS (DIRECTOR, CINEMATOGRAPHY & EDITING)
Jimmy Edmonds is a British film editor who has cut a number of award winning documentaries including CHOSEN (Brian Woods/Truevison C4) which won the BAFTA for Best Single Documentary in 2009, DEATH ON THE MOUNTAIN - The Story of Tom Simpson (BBC) which won the RTS Best Sports Documentary 2005 and INSIDE CLARIDGES (Jane Treays/The Garden C4) which won the Broadcasting Press Guild Best Documentary Series 2013. Since starting his career as an assistant in 1988 Jimmy has now edited over 100 titles for broadcasters in the UK and worldwide. In 2006 he directed his own film BREAKING THE SILENCE for BBC OneLife, an account of the effect on his family of years of silence around the sexual abuse they suffered at their boarding school and church. He is now co director of BEYOND GOODBYE MEDIA producing films for the charity sector.
JANE HARRIS (DIRECTOR & PRODUCER)
Jane Harris studied film at Middlesex Polytechnic in the early ‘80’s graduating with a BA Hons 1st. From 1985 she was heavily involved with promoting films made by women at CIRCLES distribution in London’s East End, leaving the industry to train as a psychotherapist in 1988. After 25 years in private practice she has returned to filmmaking, starting her own production company with her husband Jimmy in 2013. Working for the charity sector, they have produced GERRY’S LEGACY (for Alzheimer’s Society 2013) and SAY THEIR NAME (2014 for THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS).
SARA TIBBETTS (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)
Sara Tibbetts has been making documentaries for over 20 years. Her subject matter is wide ranging but her films always have a personal story at their heart. After studying anthropology, she joined the BBC to help set up “Under the Sun”, the pioneering and award-winning series focusing on different cultures from around the world. From 2000 she has directed several programmes for the BBC and Channel Four including the award winning series “Trouble at the Top”, ONLY HUMAN, SLEEPING WITH MY SISTER (2008) and EMERGENCY IN THE WOMB for Channel 4’s flagship documentary series “Cutting Edge”. In 2010 she directed two programmes for Channel 4’s BAFTA winning “One Born Every Minute”. Outside of broadcast TV she has made CHAINS, DOGS AND CHAOS a documentary for The Wellcome Trust and the Multistory community arts organisation.
STEVE COOKE & RUSSELL TAYLOR (COMPOSERS)
Steve Cooke and Russell Taylor have been producing music for television and radio for over 20 years. They have composed for over 40 documentaries that include the multi award winning THE DYING ROOMS (for C4 - RTS, PRIX ITALIA 1995), ORPHANS OF NKANDLA (for BBC - BAFTA 2004), A WORLD WITHOUT WATER (for C4 - GRIERSON 2006), CHINA’S STOLEN CHILDREN (for C4 - BAFTA and RTS 2007) and CHOSEN (for C4 - BAFTA 2009).
Directed and Produced Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris
Executive Producer Sara Tibbetts
Cinematography/Editing Jimmy Edmonds
Music composers Steve Cook and Russell Taylor
Dubbing Mixer Adam Palmer
Colourist Wesley Hibberd
Assistant Producer Layla Meerloo
Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris (parents of Josh Edmonds d.2011)
Kim Garrison and Traci Okelley (Georgia)
Denise and Dale Martinez (California)
Gayle Rose (Tennessee)
Daniel, Kelly and Taylor Anglin (New Mexico)
Duffy and Denise St Pierre (Louisiana)
A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES is a BEYOND GOODBYE MEDIA production for THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT.
THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT is financially assisted by
THE WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST
THE JESSICA MATHERS TRUST
THE ROSE FOUNDATION (USA)
THE RESTITUTION FUND (OXFORD UK)
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY