Young actors star in film about Alzheimer’s

ON FILM The children, from left, Jacob MacCauley, Nathan Allen, Jay Bedwell, Rowan Evans and Daniel Hooper
ON FILM The children, from left, Jacob MacCauley, Nathan Allen, Jay Bedwell, Rowan Evans and Daniel Hooper

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BUDDING actors from a local drama school have appeared in a moving film to raises awareness of Alzheimer’s.

The Havant Stagecoach youngsters play the roles of children in Ten Glorious Seconds – a love story narrated by veteran actor David Suchet, about a husband in the late stages of dementia.

Following an appeal in The News, Carol Younghusband, a successful writer and producer from Southsea, secured actors, locations and props for the not-for-profit film.

She said: ‘The response we had after that first article was overwhelming. We could never have made the film without the support and help of so many people who live in and around the area.

‘The children were extremely professional.

‘Nathan Allen took the lead role of Albert as a child in flashback, and many other talented youngsters brought my script to life.’

The original article about Mrs Younghusband’s ambitious project prompted an offer to use the Victorian frontage of Fairfield School, in Havant, and props for the 1940s were supplied by Sabre Sales of Southsea, who also provided expert advice to ensure historical accuracy.

Parmiters of Southsea donated a range of props for scenes shot inside a care home, where Albert the film’s protagonist, is a resident.

‘Luckily, we had wonderful sunny weather in early summer for all our external scenes, but when the stream we had located for a particular scene dried up, I thought we would have to abandon filming,’ said Mrs Younghusband.

‘But with just a day to spare the Trout Fishery at Warnford came to our rescue. We were also lucky to have the support of a Hampshire farmer, who let us use his land for another important scene.’

Ten Glorious Seconds stars veteran British Actor Paul Collard playing opposite Gabrielle Hamilton, who has starred in classics such as Cranford and Middlemarch.

The production has been supported by Bupa with director of dementia care, Dr Graham Stokes, featuring in a special film alongside the main feature, offering advice to people on how to connect with loved ones in the advanced stages of the disease. To watch Ten Glorious Seconds go to tengloriousseconds.com