Winner of the Best Short Film (Documentary) at the LA One Reeler festival; winner of a Silver medal, (Best Charity film) at the UK EVCOM awards & short listed for Best Documentary EVCOM awards; Painting Myself Brave is a short, elegiac like film that gives expression to Alison Chandler's experience of a life threatening illness and how she found salvation through her painting. The film is intended to support her campaign - The Way Through Project.
Told in her own words - mixing narrative with magical realism, inspired by the landscape of Johnshaven.
The film owes alot to my two collaborators - Scottish cinematographer David Liddell and Keith Wright who edited the film.
I look for a compelling story and Alison’s (and her character) really resonated with me: Her spirit, her art and her eloquence. She was willing to bare her soul. And I think deep down
her experience of illness touched something raw within me in relation to my Mum and Dad.
On November 30th 2018 it received the EVCOM Industry Award (Silver) for Excellence in the Charity/Not for Profit category.
2019 - winner of the Best Short Film (Documentary) at the One Reeler festival, LA.