As part of a major University of Birmingham project called Life: Moving, patients and their families receiving care from the John Taylor Hospice have been trained in film-making and have created a series of short films exploring their personal experiences. The project aims to challenge society’s misconceptions about terminal illness by giving those experiencing it the opportunity to tell their own stories and bring them to a wider audience.
Robert Homer, a JTH patient from Handsworth and an accomplished artist, is one of the participants. “People don’t know what it’s like when you you’ve been told you’re going to die,” he says, “so I hope this film will help them understand a bit more.”
The films will be featured in an exhibition at St Barnabas Church in Erdington on April 28-29 between 10am and 6pm.
JTH was selected as a community partner in the project because of its track record of involvement in arts projects and research, and its strong commitment to community outreach.