Young film maker’s movie project is thought-provoking tribute to dad
A YOUNG director has made a thoughtprovoking short film about the affects of cancer.
Millie Ralston’s dad Andrew died on October 5, 2011, two years after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Millie, 21, of Mooreside Lane, Pott Shrigley, has made a film about how the condition affected her family and to help raise awareness of the disease.
The silent film, which is now available to view online, was filmed in Macclesfield and uses a balloon as a visual metaphor for the cancer.
Millie, who is at university in Edinburgh studying philosophy and politics but hopes to be a professional filmmaker one day, said: “I came up with the idea of the balloon because it shows how you can be so oblivious to something that can also seem so obvious, and it’s a message that can be understood in any language.
“I wanted to make a film that shows there is also a happy side to cancer.
“It sounds strange but it changed things with me and my dad, you really appreciate what you’ve got and learn to enjoy it.”
The film is influenced by Millie’s experiences and is filmed in and around Macclesfield, including her parent’s house and the doctor’s surgery where her dad was treated.
Millie, who wrote the film and co-directed it with fellow student Patrick Gallagher, added: “It’s not a copy of my dad’s life, but it is filmed in all the places and with all the people who were important to my dad. All the extras are his friends.
“It’s turned into a bit of tribute, we’ve immortalised all the positive aspects of my dad’s illness.”
Millie lives with her mum Sue and has two brothers, Tom and Will. Will’s singer friend Rose Betts agreed to write the soundtrack for the film.
Millie said: “I’ve loved doing it.
“It’s taken a year but it’s been worth it, we’ve had really good feedback so far and Macmillan and Cancer Research charities have both agreed to be involved in the promotion, which is fantastic because they are the two charities which helped through my dad’s illness.
“I’ve had lots of strangers contact me who have said the film has really resonated with them, which is great. It’s exactly why I made it.”
The film has already featured on the online sharing website Ladbible and Millie is hoping it will be shared around the world. She is also hoping to enter it at Bristol Film Festival.
●● Millie Ralston