A Love That Never Dies is an important new documentary that is being released into UK cinemas from the 18th May. Lovingly made by the parents of their son Josh who died in a road accident in South East Asia seven years ago. Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds honour the tragic untimely death of their son with their own journey and open a dialogue about grief and bereavement, which is too little acknowledged and too often ignored. They go to Vietnam and the place where he died, to Varanasi, India and a road trip across the USA, where they meet with other families who have also lost a child, all of whom have found grief variously isolating, transformative yet ultimately life enhancing.
Thank you to the team of parents who worked on this. I cannot begin to imagine how painful a loss of this magnitude would be. Two of my children went to Bristol university where they are currently suffering from the sudden death of too many students and we all know families who have sadly lost a child. This is an important issue to address and whilst it will not be an easy film to watch for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child, it is described as a poetic film in a culture that is still uneasy talking about death, dying and bereavement that will give a hopeful voice to grief in ways that will move and inspire.
Death is never an easy subject and there are some situations in life that are always difficult to approach; a friend, family member or colleague’s loss of a child can make you entirely lost how to talk to them, no matter how long you’ve known them. Hopefully this film will help others to understand and empathise with those who have experienced a parent’s worst nightmare, from first-hand experience.
John Michie, of Coronation Street and Holby City tragically lost his daughter Louella Michie at the age of 25 last year and is going to be taking part in a special London premiere Q & A after the film at The Prince Charles Cinema on Friday 18th May.
London Film Premiere: Friday 18th May 2018, 8.30 pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY
Dying Matters Awareness Week – 14th-20th May 2018 https://www.dyingmatters.org/AwarenessWeek
A Love That Never Dies will be in UK cinemas from Friday 18th May, with screenings appearing at the below locations in May and June – I’ve got the specific dates for anyone who wants them:-
The Watershed, Bristol
The Electric, Birmingham
The Dukes Cinema, Lancaster
The Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
The Phoenix Cinema, Exeter
The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford
Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Glasgow Film Theatre
The Guildhall, Gloucester
Dartington Hall, Totness
The Plaza, Truro
“Beautifully made, poetic in its grace, deeply moving…inspiring” Roger Graef (Filmmaker)
“A very personal labour of love that never feels indulgent. Good stuff” Charlie Phillips (The Guardian)
“Powerful and important stories. Grief can bring us together and teach us how to live. Few people have embraced their grief stories with as much love and energy and courage as Jimmy and Jane.” Dr Katherine Shear (Centre for Complicated Grief – Columbia University)
“An incredible film so full of sadness, beauty, empathy and love” Ollie Huddlestone (Film editor)