THE CLOSER WE GET - a new feature doc
"How many of us put off breaking family taboos till it's too late?
What are we afraid of?
I decided to go under the skin of my family story after my Mum Ann's devastating stroke brought me back home to her after a long time away.
I wasn't the only one who returned: My prodigal father Ian - separated from Ann for years - also turned up (everyone was amazed, but it's not our family way to say so, of course….) and little by little, we both became part of Mum's caring routine.
Suddenly, and for the first time ever, we all had a lot of time to hang out and talk about what had happened to their marriage and to our family, because of the secret Ian had tried - and failed - to keep from us.
Always the family portraitist, I didn't waste any time in getting my camera out. I could feel something astonishing was happening, and I wanted to capture it on film.
And this was when things started to transform between us."
Karen Guthrie (Director)