Reviews and Feedback

It is important to say how good this film is. It is professional, beautiful to look at and very well acted. If anyone feared it would be worthy and important but perhaps not fun, their worries will be swept away in the first few minutes with its witty and compelling script and some great camerawork.It deserves to be very widely shown- as a first-class film and a moving investigation of facing up to a devastating diagnosis and finding a fellow spirit with an unlikely connection when Lukas literally falls out of the sky at Rose’s feet.
Fanny Charles, Fine Times Recorder. 

I thought the script transferred extremely well to the film medium. The editing is excellent. This needs to go on general release.
Dr Stephen Stanley, Dorset County Hospital.

Kinetics is powerful, touching and felt absolutely real. The device of using the boy as the counterpoint was dramatically highly effective. Im glad it will be seen by Parkinson’s groupsthey will learn a lot that will teach and inspire. But I hope its seen beyond thatits not just about a disease, or even a woman with a disease, but about how we all confront our bodies (and even more than our bodies) letting us down.
David Edgar, Playwright for RSC.

Watching Kinetics was a very emotional experience for me, as much of what you are saying is how my journey has been…a wonderful vehicle to give the public a real insight to living with Parkinson’s.
Audience feedback.

This project will enhance our experience and also demonstrate how the humanities and specifically narrative theatre can educate us all in a way that bioscientific data and theory cannot.
Dr James Gilbert, Devon and Exeter Hospital. Student Course Facilitator.

I thought it was excellent. A brilliant way of illustrating how two people with different problems can help each other, regardless of age, sex or profession.
Audience feedback.  

Thank you so much for bringing the film to our academic programme. It was an excellent communication of your experience of engagement with health care and brought home the impact illness can have, which I think we can at times be desensitised to. I think it was really valuable to see it and would hope that as many medics as possible would have a chance to view it.                                                          

Dr. Thom Proven, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership

This is a film that pulls no punches and tells it like it is.

Jane Garvey, Woman’s Hour BBC Radio Four

                              I thought the script transferred extremely well to the film medium. The editing is excellent. This needs to go on general release.

Dr Stephen Stanley, Dorset County Hospital

Just to say how much I enjoyed and valued the Kinetics film. It was powerful, touching and felt absolutely real. The device of using the boy as the counter-point was dramatically highly effective. I’m glad to hear it will be seen by Parkinson’s groups – they will learn a lot that will teach and inspire. But I hope it’s seen beyond that – it’s not just about a disease, or even a woman with a disease, but about how we all confront our bodies (and even more than our bodies) letting us down. Congratulations.

David Edgar, Playwright

Kinetics is a bold, engaging and thoughtful film. The juxtaposition of Parkinson’s and Parkour makes for a wonderful framing for a story of loneliness and friendship. It tells a human story humanely, without sentiment, and with precision – just like the parkour leap over the void it leaves you to wonder ‘what if?’ Those questions keep coming long after the credits roll.

Stephen Wrentmore, Artistic Producer, Poole Lighthouse

I found the film thought-provoking, enjoyable and very professionally assembled. I’m sure it will be a very useful learning support for our undergraduates and others. Accept adapt and adjust is both memorable and well justified by the narrative.

Dr. Jim Gilbert, Devon and Exeter Hospital. Student Course Facilitator.

Thank you so much for creating such an enjoyable and powerful film. My wife Lesley has Parkinson’s and, as she was a teacher for many years and was diagnosed in her late fifties, the film had a great resonance for us.I wish that the film could be shown to everyone in the Health Service nationally! It carries so much understanding, linking the emotions, the symptoms, the drugs, the public reaction, the fears and the challenges all together. If you do decide to take Edinburgh by storm we shall look out for you and tell our friends.

Lesley and John Brebner.

We were so impressed by the film, your creativity and determination, and for the way you will be opening up conversations and hope for others with Parkinson’s and their families. We learned a lot through the film’s honesty and thought the mirroring of the two characters’ lives and thinking very clever and engaging.

Audience Member 

As a doctor who specialises in Parkinson’s, I thought Kinetics was inspirational.  It did not gloss over or trivialise the problems encountered by people with PD and tackled the fact that it is a progressive condition and that medication can help the symptoms but is not curative and can have adverse reactions. At the same time it gave a powerful and positive message for people with PD to be in control and maximise their abilities. I thought Kinetics was brilliant from start to finish.

Dr.Khaled Amar, Consultant Physician at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. 

I just watched and am in awe. I love the relationship between the drama coach and the student. I can’t wait for my students to see it.  Thank you so much for your wonderful creation.

Stephanie Lancaster, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Tennessee

Congratulations for producing such a wonderful teaching resource. I am the subject lead for Sociology as Applied to Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at Southampton. I am chairing a workshop in mid-June with other undergraduate teaching leads, which will be an ideal opportunity for us to consider how we might best use the film in our own teaching, as it appears to address a number of sociology learning outcomes.

Kathy Kendall, Southampton University. 

Many thanks from me on behalf of all of us at the Nottingham branch of Parkinson’s UK and the Trent Bridge Parkinson’s Café. The total audience at the screening today was around 200 people. The impact has been fantastic judging by the activity on Twitter and the huge number of people who wanted to meet and talk with you – helped also by the interest of the Lord Mayor of Nottingham and Ken Clarke. An amazing film which we are truly blessed to have seen and felt part of – and most importantly allowed us to #uniteforparkinsons.

Steve Moss, Trent Bridge Parkinson’s Café.

This is an amazing story that needs to be told.

Dorset Echo