University of Derby lecturer, Dr Christine Templeton-Parker, has won five Awards of Excellence for her short film The Carer in the Best Shorts Film Competition based in Los Angeles, USA.
Christine, both writer and director of The Carer, said 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."
Lead actor Peter Eyre added: "I was very struck first of all by the originality of the theme. There are not 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."
The Carer is a 'Shine A Light' project - an initiative by Bondholder Derby QUAD for those over 60 in Derby and Derbyshire to show that retirement and old age is a time to enjoy our passions, as well as learn new skills.
The Best Shorts Competition recognises film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.
The Carer joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally-respected award including The Weinstein Company for Market Hours, Disney Interactive for Vinlymation: A Love Story and Oscar-winning production Mr. Hublot from Laurent Witz from Luxembourg.