BAFTA consideration for The Carer, Derby-made film for Shine A Light Project

24 November 2016

We are thrilled to share news that The Carer, a film which made as part of our Shine A Light Project has been accepted for BAFTA consideration.

Directed by Dr. Christine Templeton-Parker, lecturer at The University of Derby, The Carer has already won five prestigious ‘Awards of Excellence’ in the Best Shorts Film Competition in Los Angeles. The film was also in official selection at the Oscar qualifying Palm Springs International Short Film Festival in June 2016. 

John Whall, Shine A Light project leader and QUAD Participation Curator said “I’m so proud to hear that this Shine A Light Project film has been accepted for BAFTA consideration. It is testament to the amazing work of director Christine Templeton-Parker and her team, who tackled the issues of sexuality in care environments, but also huge praise to Derby group Seen 'Ya Rights, who inspired the film and us here at QUAD. Absolutely fantastic news!”

Writer / Director Christine Templeton-Parker said that she was thrilled by the nods and particularly pleased for ‘Seen Ya Rights’, the real life, Derby-based campaigners for dignity in elderly care who inspired her story. She commented: “The Carer is about what happens when an elderly gay man feels pressured to return to the closet in his dying days. It’s a story for everyone, about finding a way to retain your identity and dignity at a time of crisis.”

BAFTA nominated lead actor Peter Eyre added “I was working in New York in the theatre when Christine sent me the script of The Carer. I was very struck first of all by the originality of the theme. There aren’t many films made about elderly people and, certainly, very few films or none about elderly homosexual men. What I really loved about the script was the delicacy of the story telling and a kind of poetic element, which made it subtle and touching not preachy or journalistic.”

Shine A Light is a participatory film making project for those aged over 60s in Derby and Derbyshire, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and delivered by QUAD. Shine A Light was designed to provide older members of the community an opportunity to show that retirement and old age is a time to enjoy our passions, as well as learn new skills. The Shine A Light project began in 2013 and worked with groups, clubs and societies across Derby and Derbyshire to share to show that life and learning does not stop at retirement. 

Tapping into the many diverse local interest groups, ranging from experimental engineers to tennis players, the groups were chosen and paired with professional producers (including Derby-based Doug Smith) and directors (including Christine Templeton-Parker and Jeanie Finlay, one of Creative England’s Top 50 creatives of 2015). The project worked with over 355 participants to make twelve films, also delivered 54 workshops, development sessions and film making experiences, including animation, editing, cinematography, directing for camera and online social media.  

For full information on Shine A Light please click here