Yesterday we spent the day filming with Evangelista Mpondi, in our home town of Sheffield. Eve is from Zimbabwe originally and has been in the UK for a few years now.
Eve lost her son Jordan just over a year ago now. Her story is heartbreaking. She is one of the most courageous and strong young women I’ve had the honour to meet. Eve went through her pregnancy alone when the baby’s father left her and being a single mum this is loss is something she has had to go through by herself. She has no family in the UK either.
Eve’s strength, courage and her faith have kept her going, as well as support from some wonderful friends, her employer and her university. It’s been an incredibly tough year for Eve, but she is managing to get through the trauma she has experienced one step at a time.
Our crew for the day were Debbie Howard, Director, Polly Perkins, Producer, Emma Dalesman, DoP and Heather Jordan, Sound Recordist.
Enormous thanks to Eve for allowing us to come and film and for being so open and honest about your feelings. Thanks to all the team for working together so well on this.
Today we wen to shoot with Liam Whittaker, son of Julie and Jay Cooke in Nottingham. We shot with Julie and Jay’s family a few weeks ago (see previous post) and today we were following up by documenting Liam’s trip to the cemetery to spend time with his brothers Jak Jay and Harrison Cooke.
Liam is the wonderful older brother to Jak and Harrison, and to Spencer, his younger brother now, to whom he is very close. Liam goes to the cemetery on his bike every few weeks to spend time with the brothers he never really had the chance to know.
It’s so touching to see how this young man copes with his own grief of losing two siblings, and he’s very open in talking about his feelings about this. He always takes a photograph on his phone when he’s there, which he sends home to his mum, Julie.
It was a perfect day for filming, it was hot and sunny and very clear day. Our crew for the day was Director Debbie Howard, Producer Polly Perkins, DoP Paul Wiseman and Sound Recordist Heather Jordan.
We’d like say a massive thank you to Liam for being so open and so brilliant and patient today. We’d also like to thank Paul Morris from Redhill Cemetery for being incredibly helpful and very accommodating during our shoot.