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This powerful and exquisitely-shot autobiographical portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption told by its director - reluctantly-dutiful daughter Karen, takes you under the skin of the household as she returns for this long goodbye.
Karen's mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home when she least expects it. But Karen isn't the only one who returns to help care for Ann in the crisis: Her prodigal father Ian - endearing and unfathomable - and who's been separated from Ann for years, also reappears. Armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to go under the skin of the family story before it's too late, to come to terms with the aftermath of the secret her father had tried - and failed - to keep from them all, and to find that Ann's stroke has in fact thrown them all a life raft.
With candour, warmth and much unexpected humour, Karen’s role as family confidante, busybody, therapist and spy illuminates this extraordinary story of contemporary family survival.
**** The Herald
**** Total Film
**** The Edinburgh Reporter
**** Eye For Film
"A beautifully rendered and ultimately heart-breaking reminder that there is no such thing as an ordinary life.”
- Alison Rowat, The Herald
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The screening on Monday the 19th of October at the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival will be followed by a Q&A session with the director Karen Guthrie and musician Malcolm Middleton who composed the film's soundtrack.
The film has generated much discussion among the public, carer communities and the wider health sector at sell out screenings in the first week of release and we look forward to engaging with our audience at a grass roots level as the tour progresses.
In addition to the screenings, Karen has also developed a short workshop in partnership with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland using clips and outtakes from the film as an educational resource and is currently taking bookings across the country.
Please feel free to share this invitation far and wide with those who would share an interest in attending and do not hesitate to get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about the film, book Karen for a workshop, or indeed, host a screening of your own!
Head over to our the Facebook page for more info facebook.com/TheCloserWeGet.
We look forward to seeing you all!
Wed 7th Oct - Perth Playhouse
Fri 9th Oct - Brechin Glenesk Retreat w/ Luminate Festival
Sat 10th Oct - Orkney West Side Cinema
Sun 11th Oct - Orkney Pickaquoy Centre
Tue 13th Oct - Shetland Mareel
Wed 14th Oct - Inverness Eden Court
Sat 17th Oct - Dundee DCA
Sun 18th Oct - Kirkcaldy Adam Smith Theatre
Mon 19th Oct - Glasgow CCA Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
Tickets are available here: thecloserweget.com/screenings