Young film maker’s movie project is thought-pro­vok­ing trib­ute to dad

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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