A new short film released earlier this year is raisingawareness of the Alzheimer?s condition, which has become a prominent topic ofdebate among researchers and our ageing population - with more people beingaffected by the condition and a cure still a long way away.
Missing a Noteis a British film that gained prominence in the summer having been releasedalongside the Downton Abbey film adaptation of the popularseries in UKcinemas.
The shortfilm?s storylinecentres on a young girl who has dreams of becoming a singer,and is given the chance to perform in front of an iconic retired opera legend.She is hoping that her performance will be good enough for him to write her agood scholarship report, but little does she know he?s struggling with hismemory, with a few unusual surprises left in store for her as she sets out tomake her performance the best it can be.
It?s a touching story and shows how the Alzheimer?scondition can affect relationships between the generations, and it has raisedawareness of its symptoms. Thanks to strong critical reviews and castperformances, the film has managed to gather large support, and with its recentscreenings with Downton Abbey, more people havebeen inspired by its message and seen what some of the effects of Alzheimer?s canhave - indirectly impacting young people as well.
Missing a Note is currently touring a number of British film festivals and hasrecently picked up an award at the Birmingham Film Festival, with its lead actress,Darcy Jacobs, taking home an award for her performance in the short.