Oxford Brookes collaborates with local filmmaker and East Oxford residents for film on Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Jenny Birtles film student

Oxford Brookes University has collaborated with a local award-winning filmmaker Min Reid and East Oxford residents to make a film based on the devastating loss of Alzheimer’s disease.

For third year student Jenny Birtles who studies Film Studies at the University’s School of Arts, working with the film crew was an exciting opportunity to gain valuable experience to help springboard her into the professional world.

Jenny said: “I loved every minute of working on this film. It was such a brilliant and rewarding experience to put practices learnt at Brookes into a real film, starting in pre-production and being involved in the process all the way through to observing the editing process.”

It was such a brilliant and rewarding experience to put practices learnt at Brookes into a real film, starting in pre-production and being involved in the process all the way through to observing the editing process.

Jenny Birtles, Film Studies student, Oxford Brookes University

The film, entitled For the Love of Fred, not only raises awareness of dementia but focuses on the long and lonely path taken by loved ones.

Director and Producer Min Reid, co-founder of Oxford-based production house Reid Richards Productions said: “As a caregiver myself, I appreciate the tremendous strain this puts on people, especially if the caregiver doesn’t have a family or backup to take a break of have anyone to talk to about what they’re going through.”

Oxford Brookes’ Headington Hill Hall on the Headington Campus provided the backdrop for much of the film and local residents association DRARA (Divinity Road Area Residents Association) took part as extras.

Although For the Love of Fred is still in production, filmmakers have also produced a supporting music video titled Red which will have its worldwide premier at the Oxford International Film Festival at the Phoenix Picture House on Saturday 6 May 2017. 

Red, which was also shot at Headington Hill Hall, raises awareness of Alzheimer’s and acts as a trailer for For the Love of Fred, which will be released on World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September 2017.