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.
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.
After that we all celebrated with a few well deserved drinks and lots of really fantastic feedback in the bar.
Here’s Debbie's interview on Sheffield Live TV just before the screening.
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.
“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.”
“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 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.”
"Still loved is a full length documentary that invites us to bear witness to one of our cultures last taboos, stillbirth and the devastating impact it has on the families involved.
Make no mistake, this is a very emotional film, made all the more so because the films director, with great care and sincerity forces us to connect deeply with the grief of the families interviewed. I felt like I was no longer a passive observer prying into the suffering of others, the screen dissolved and I became inextricably linked, a friend who had been afforded the honour to become a part of the grieving process with the families involved.
Although the stories of the individual families are diverse and varied, their is a similar theme, that they rarely get to talk about their loss, that they receive fewer visits from friends, that some people believe it is something to quickly forget and move on from.
Intrinsic to this film is a woven commonality that resonates deeply and clearly, the demand to heard, to be listened to and not ignored. It bridges the chasm of hidden taboo and provides a much needed platform for the beginning of conversation.
The first screening of this documentary at the Showroom finished with a Q and A with director and the families involved, afterwards as the interviewees exited the cinema I found myself involuntarily hugging one of the fathers who had lost two children, ‘thanks for that’ he said you don't know what that means to me."