This Tuesday, St Luke’s launched their first work for the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness – a short film called “Back To Life”.
Written by our very own Mick Brigdale and directed by the fantastic Oscar Cariss, the film charts a day in the life of a ventriloquist puppet. Despite being surrounded by signs of life (photographs of colleagues, a ‘Best Dad’ mug, and a lived-in house) our hero is rendered powerless by the effects of being lonely. The film resolves with a simple call to action: if you think someone might be lonely, let them know you’re happy to chat.
The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness was established by Jo Cox MP just months before she was murdered in 2016. Following her death, colleagues came together to honour her legacy in a cross-party effort as part of the commission.
Loneliness is an issue that affects people from all walks of life. From mums to children, from carers to refugees, anyone can feel the effects of loneliness. St Luke’s hopes that this work is the first step in a much greater effort to shine a spotlight on this important issue.
If you want to find out more about the commission and make a pledge, you can visit their website here: https://www.jocoxloneliness.org/
St Luke’s would like to thank everyone from Annex Films, NineteenTwenty, and Grand Central who put their time and energy towards the project.