Falkirk charity workers who helped a screenwriter learn about the stress of poverty on family life will share their experiences at a special screening of the film they helped create.
On Saturday, October 9, the Bo’ness Racecourse will screen Ken Loach’s film, “Sorry We Missed You”.
And after the film, the staff at Falkirk Barnardo will share with audiences how they worked with screenwriter Paul Laverty to help make the story of a family that finds itself in crisis.
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As mother’s struggles highlight the pressures caregivers face every day.
Writer Paul Laverty – who works regularly with Ken Loach – has spent a lot of time with delivery drivers and caregivers to get a feel for the pressures people face.
And he’s spoken to a number of charities, including Falkirk Barnardo’s, to help him make up his mind.
Norman Philips of Barnardo’s Falkirk says the result is “a realistic representation of what families face”.
“You could tell he was a good storyteller because he soaked up the details and asked really good questions – you could almost see his brain spinning as he built the image that we finally see on the screen. “Norman said.
“He just asked really interesting questions and got people talking.”
The film is being screened as part of Poverty Week Challenge and Norman says this powerfully illustrates the financial challenges many people face, even in families where both parents work.
“We know that during the pandemic, many working families needed food subsidies because children did not eat at school, which can often subsidize household budgets,” he said.
“The pandemic has really brought to light some of these struggles and the film highlights some of these invisible jobs that people take for granted in society. “
“But this is not a soap opera.
“For me, it was one of the most realistic depictions of a family sinking into crisis with all of these external pressures – and it had a real impact on family relationships then,” Norman said.
But he was impressed with how the film also captures the fun and positivity that the family finds in living despite having a low income.
“He wanted to incorporate not only the crisis, but some of the more optimistic things, so that it wasn’t just people yelling at each other.
“And we are working with families in the hope that we can make a difference, so we wanted to show that families are not always in crisis.”
Racecourse programmer Alison Strauss is thrilled that Norman and coworker Kay Pearson are in theaters – and she’s hoping the audience will join in the conversation.
“Sorry to have missed you” is at Bo’ness racecourse on Saturday 9 October at 2:30 p.m.