Corby theatre to be part of global film festival

Neil Platt, who invited film-makers into his home after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, with his son Oscar
Neil Platt, who invited film-makers into his home after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, with his son Oscar
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The Core theatre at Corby Cube is holding a free screening of an award-winning film being shown around the world to promote Motor Neurone Disease Global Awareness Day.

From India to Moscow thousands of people will watch the documentary on Friday (June 21) to raise awareness of motor neurone disease (MND), which is fatal and has no known cure.

I Am Breathing is a 70-minute film chronicling the last few months in the life of Neil Platt who invited film-makers into his home to enable him to leave a legacy for his son Oscar, who was just a few months old when he was diagnosed with MND.

Neil died aged 34 in 2009 but his film has now been edited and released as the focus for a national awareness campaign by the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which is based in Northampton.

With the support of Neil’s widow Louise and thank to charity sponsorship, it has been the focus of an advertising campaign on the national rail network and the London Underground.

It has already gained national media coverage as well as picking up awards on the global film festival circuit, being shown in Sweden, the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Documentary Edge Festival in New Zealand and in Barcelona.

The film will have its UK premier at the Edinburgh Film Festival on Thursday (June 20) where it is also nominated for the audience award.

Sally Light, chief executive of the MND Association, said: “We are very proud of the film and our involvement with Neil’s family, together with the filmmakers from the Scottish Documentary Institute.

“We are supporting around 100 screenings globally and in the UK. Thanks to the generous support of the Corby Cube we also have this fantastic flagship event in the county where we are very proud to have our national office.

“It is an amazing documentary and conveys the devastating impact the disease has on the wider family and friends. As an awareness tool has made such an impact already and thousands more people will know about MND thanks to Neil’s legacy.”

Lucinda Hill, general manager of The Core theatre, said: “It is a great example of The Core being part of our community in Corby and also much further afield. Aside from anyone who wants to find out more about MND it is also a great opportunity to see an award-winning documentary on the Tickets to the screening are free but it is not suitable for under 16s.

Doors open at The core at 6.30pm with the screening at 7pm.

There will be with an introduction from the chief executive of the MND Association. The film is 70 minutes long.