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On Tuesday 6th October, we had our first preview screening of Still Loved in Sheffield at the Showroom Cinema with cast, crew, friends, family, sponsors and film industry. We had an amazing turn out.
“Debbie Howard’s documentary Still Loved really moved me. It was as much about human connection as it was about loss. It deserves a much wider screening. A brave and tender film.”
The audience arrived and had drinks and there was a chance for the families in the film to catch up with each other, and to meet and greet.
Kate Linderholm from BBC Radio Sheffield introduced the Filmmakers on stage and our Director, Debbie Howard gave an introductory speech and thanked our wonderful families, crew and sponsors for all their input.
“It may be a difficult subject matter but the film you made is not about the deaths – it’s about life and the depth of human strength to continue.”
Becky Mark Laswson – Tyke Films
We then watched Still Loved. Although inevitably there were a lot of tears, there were also laughs too and the film was incredibly well received.
There then followed a Q&A led by Kate Linderholm. On the panel were Director Debbie Howard, Producer Polly Perkins, parents from the film Lou Evans and Jay Cooke and Emma Shepherd from Chesterfield Sands (baby loss support group). Kate and members of the audience asked many questions to the panel and it was a fantastic and informative discussion. This was filmed and we hope to make this available to you soon.
Our Producers asked everyone to fill out feedback forms, anonymously if they wished, to give us their true opinions of the film.
“If you see one documentary in the next 12 months – make it this one. An insightful, visceral, honest and moving account of how parents deal with stillbirth. A mighty achievement.”
Rachel Newman, Grow Theatre
It was also explained that we are still struggling to raise funds to get the film on screens around the world so that people can actually see it. Films of such a difficult subject matter are not easy to program. To get this seen, we need to raise money for exhibition. You can help us to do this by making a donation, however small to our Just Giving campaign here
After that we all celebrated with a few well deserved drinks and lots of really fantastic feedback in the bar.
Read more of our great reviews below….they’re still flooding in! As you can see, many people commented about how hopeful and uplifting the film is, and how much they learned about something they had never thought about before.
We’re delighted at the response to the first screening and look forward to our London preview at Molinare on the 21st October.
“This great documentary which has been three years in the making bravely and selflessly champions these parents rebuilding their shattered worlds. It’s not an easy subject by any means but it’s one that deserves to be aired and my hope is that more people get a chance to see this film. Thank you to all those involved in making and supporting this formidable work.”
Here’s our interview on Sheffield Live TV just before the screening
“An intelligent, thoughtful and beautifully human film.”
“Such an informative, brave, honest film that touched me deeply.”
“Powerful doesn’t do it justice. You managed to tackle such a difficult subject with skill, sensitivity and style. Seriously well done.”
“What is love? I think this film told us clearly.”
“An incredibly sensitive film about a delicate subject. Sadness and hope in the right proportions.”
“Powerful, thought provoking and very moving. I have two friends who have lost babies and I’ve never known what to say before. I wish I’d brought them to this screening but I was too afraid to ask them. I wish I’d asked now. Find a way to get it out. Get it on line. Get it seen.”
“Fantastic and powerful film. Really touched me and more importantly made me think. Thank you.”
“Stunning film. It needs nationwide distribution and needs to be shown. I found it informative, emotional and amazingly uplifting. “
“I’m very humbled by what you have achieved. In tackling such a difficult subject with grace, humility and even a laugh along the way. I was nervous I would be crying the whole way through but actually while a deeply emotional experience the stories and strength of the families and the flow of the narrative kept me completely engaged, maybe beyond tears.”
“I’m blown away and a little numb at what a beautiful sacred space you held for those families and the healing that must have taken in place during that journey. I applaud your humanness and the courage of those families.”
“I’m sat here with a feeling that I’ve just witnessed something really important. Your film touched the heart of every single person in that room. I have caught a glimpse of the silent suffering of so many parents. I am changed by your film.”