The Closer We Get – a fam­ily story of liv­ing with stroke

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

AWARD-WIN­NING film The Closer We Get about the ef­fects of stroke will make two ex­clu­sive free screen­ings on the West Coast.

Artist Karen Guthrie will be in Oban on Jan­uary 24 and on Mull the fol­low­ing day (Jan­uary 25) to screen her ground-break­ing film.

The post-screen­ing dis­cus­sions are sup­ported through Chest, Heart and Stroke Scot­land.

Ann Guthrie is a for­mer nurse who suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing stroke in 2008. Her daugh­ter, Karen, a film-maker, be­came one of her care-givers at her home in Largs.

A few years later, with Ann by then al­most quad­ri­plegic, they be­gan to make an ex­tra­or­di­nary film to­gether – which be­came The Closer We Get and which was re­leased in cin­e­mas in 2015 and on BBC Scot­land, and on DVD/on­line in 2016, at­tract­ing film awards and rave re­views in­ter­na­tion­ally.

This funny and poignant film fol­lows the im­pact of Ann’s stroke on the Guthries’ fam­ily life, span­ning 50 years, all told against the back­drop of Ann’s ev­ery­day do­mes­tic world as a stroke sur­vivor who has lost most of her phys­i­cal ca­pac­i­ties, yet none of her sense of mis­chief and hu­mour.

Karen says of the ex­pe­ri­ence of screen­ing the film: ‘It’s been hum­bling to meet so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple who are deal­ing with stroke ev­ery day and to share my own ex­pe­ri­ences with them. There's al­ways laugh­ter – and a few tears too!'

The Oban screen­ing is at the Oban Phoenix Cin­ema on Tues­day Jan­uary 24. The film will start at 2pm and be fol­lowed by a Q&A with Karen and staff from the North Argyll Car­ers Cen­tre.

The Mull screen­ing and Q&A will be held at An To­bar on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 25 and take place at 1.30pm.

More in­for­ma­tion on the film can be found at http://the­closer­

At­ten­dance to both screen­ings is free and open to the pub­lic, come along and find out more.

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