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Laryngectomy - Rosetta Life with Alec and Graham

Film Making

Rosetta Life Artist

picture of Alec and GrahamThe heart of this little film lies in grandson Alec’s direct address to the audience and this was achieved filmically by Alec himself. We showed him how to use a cheap DV camera which he then took home. Over the months he kept a video diary of his relationship with Graham and the developing cancer. On the face of things the film is about a larygectomy but we feel that it’s really about the relationship of a grandchild to a grandparent and the impending death that will irreversibly change things.

Laryngectomy shows the clumsy phrase ‘user-led’ in action. Although we helped a lot with certain sequences, and edited the film, Graham and Alec are its true authors.

Helen Marshall


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