The tranquil grounds of Demelza Hospice Care for Children are to feature in a short film which looks to be destined for the Cannes Film Festival and possibly a BAFTA nomination.
The film, called Yellow, is being made by the Film Actors Club in Maidstone and is to be shown at several film festivals this year. It was inspired by the Oscar winning short film The Silent Child.
In return for providing a location for some of the filming the club is to fundraise for Demelza and has also promised to shoot a corporate film for the charity, free of charge.
Filming for Yellow took place in May at the charity’s children’s hospice in Bobbing, near Sittingbourne, away from families using the hospice - in a vacant patient room, outside in a garden and in the hydrotherapy room.
Yellow is a fictional film about a disabled man in a hospice trying to communicate with his carers in relation to his hidden secret of coming from another world.
Tessa Paton, Head of Marketing and Communications at Demelza Hospice Care for Children, said: “We were very pleased to be able to help the Film Actors Club in Maidstone with their film and we hope it will be a great success. The film crew were with us for three days and it was a pleasure to have them. Filming took place at the end of corridor so that we did not disturb any of the families using our facilities. Although one of our teenage patients was excited to find out what was going on and introduced herself and chatted with the crew.
“We are thrilled the club is now going to fundraise for us and we greatly appreciate their support.”
In addition to its Kent hospice, Demelza also has a hospice in Eltham, South East London
and provide community support in the comfort of a child’s own home across East Sussex.
The visiting film crew included the Maidstone club’s co-founder and head film acting coach Paul Lane, the club’s fight action and registered stunts director Adam Richards and the club’s director of film, photography and sound Kieran Henderson. Paul is a multi-award winning film director and professional film director and film acting coach. Adam is a martial arts expert and trained in Hong Kong with Jackie Chan and his team.
He was also the stuntman for the red Power Ranger, a series which was popular in the early nineties.
Paul Lane said: “Demelza is one of the most beautiful and inspiring places I've had the honour of connecting with. They will always be in my heart, mind and soul.”
Demelza provides specialist care and support for children with terminal conditions and their loved ones, so they can enjoy their time together as a family, for as long as they have. As a charity, Demelza is almost entirely dependent on the generosity of the local community to provide the funds that keep its services going.
To find out more about the film club’s fundraising activities for Demelza and to support the club’s efforts please visit: https://www.thefilmactorsclub.com/copy-of-fund-raiser-katrina