Documentary: It’s in our blood

I was commissioned by Octapharma to make these nine, award winning documentary films about people living around the world with rare bleeding disorders and immune diseases.

To make this series of films I had to travel around the UK, Germany, Canada, the USA, Brazil and Argentina. It was an adventure, sorting out the timings and logistics, carrying heavy equipment between locations and adapting to each new environment. I was going from temperatures of -35 in Canada to a balmy 35 degrees in Brazil in a matter of days.

It’s been a real privilege to meet the brave and inspiring people who feature in these nine short films, and to get a glimpse of the challenges they face every day living with rare blood disorders.

It’s also been a pleasure; as family after family, from country to country, welcomed me with open arms and were so generous in sharing their stories. This is the kind of filmmaking I love to do, following real lives and events as they happen, with no agenda pushing the narrative along.

It was only on returning home that I realised what an emotional journey I had been on; connecting with so many amazing people, some of whom I’m still in touch with. More than ever I’m in awe of the resilience of the human spirit when faced with adversity.

Tadeo, Salta, Argentina

Ed Carlos, Diadema, São Paulo State, Brazil

Edgar, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Donna, Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Jannik, Hamburg, Germany

Darryl (Father of Nathan and Ben), Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Gabriela,  São Caetano Do Sul, São Paulo State, Brazil

Lisa, Mersey Island, UK

Patsy, Looe, UK