I’ve made a number of films to raise awareness about frontotemporal dementia. My latest production is a 60 minute documentary entitled My Name is Rod, made with the dedication and support of two good friends; Ant Graham, a film producer and Leon Lockley, a cinematographer. They’re advocates for dementia in their own right and I am forever thankful for their help.
It’s a self-funded feature documentary that follows my dad Rod, a pigeon racer from Bolton. He cared for Mum and the film shows the reality of how he coped as her personality and behaviour changed as dementia took hold. It’s a tribute to him, as he died tragically in a road traffic accident six weeks after the filming in 2010. It’s also a tribute to Mum who now needs 24-hour care.