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WHAT ROLE DO YOU THINK FILM HAS IN OUR SOCIAL AWARENESS AND IN DRIVING OUR DISCUSSIONS ABOUT CULTURE AND HUMANITY?
I don't think that filmmakers have a responsibility to drive awareness or discussion through their work. However, clearly there are enough directors that take it on themselves to do just that, and, for me, that's vitally important. Any art form that has an audience, a reader or a listener has the opportunity to evoke some human emotion. Since its genesis film has been used as a platform to engage and inform its viewer, be that for social good or bad. I can't see this changing. I certainly hope to be able to continue making films with themes I see as important to discuss.
I think and hope the film will address the important role carers and young carers make, the care they give voluntary with no return and little acknowledgment or support from Government (care allowance is at the lowest for carers and there is little financial aid for them apart from a one off grant a year of £300 for respite). They like the relatives or love ones they care for who have chronic health conditions and need care, often suffer mental or physical health problems from continuous caring and rarely get the support they deserve or need.
The drama I hope will show that the ill are very much left out of decisions about their health or rights, often they feel forgotten, to be seen and not heard. Still a human being that is suffering cannot choose the right to die, make a decision to end life instead they have to starve themselves. The powers that be, have decided that it is unlawful and illegal to end life though an animal that is ill and in pain can be put to sleep compassionately. Despite all the advancements in human knowledge and in technology and science we still lack the simple element of being humane.