From stage to screen... it took balls
The showing will be a triumph for not only Darren and playwright Geoff Saunders, who survived the disease, but for committed local actors and 150 extras who gave their support freely and businesses which allowed their premises to be used.
It recalls how within a few days of hearing the word ‘Cancer’ from a consultant, his once-cosy life is in turmoil. He finds himself feeling isolated and incomplete. Hanging in there tells the story of his difficult journey to re-connection and wholeness.
“With little money or idea of how to make a film, but with a play script to rewrite into a screenplay, and a committed set of local amateur theatre actors - none of whom had worked on a film before - and local businesses to help with locations...and around 150 locals acting as extras, we finally finished the film at the beginning of this year.”
“That mantra stayed with us during the three years it's taken to get this film made. We still aim to do an awful lot of good with it. (and must be said, we've learnt how to make a film in the process!)”
On April 22nd there will be a screening at the Talisman Theatre in Kenilworth. The film will be followed by a Q&A which will include Geoff Saunders, and the main actors, Chris Hudson and Elizabeth Joyce Morris.