Mother, wife, daughter, cancer survivor.
Nic Naish is a woman living an unordinary life. Married with one daughter, she is the third generation of her family to contract breast cancer; the first to survive.
In 2012, as a response to her long treatment, she decided to run the London Marathon for the charity Breast Cancer Campaign.
This feature-length documentary starts with Nic’s very personal journey as she trains to run the marathon. She is, in her own words, an ordinary person. But she has had to deal with a set of extraordinary events in her life. But she isn’t one to be defeated and it’s her massively positive attitude to life that touches and inspires so many people.
Her story will be told through her own very frank and detailed insights into her life, as well as those of family, friends, mentors, trainers, doctors and charity workers. People who have had and continue to have specific contact through her illness, as well as those who are more intimate with her and knew her before her cancer diagnosis.
As the film progresses the story broadens out from Nic’s training regime to follow the questions, the discoveries and unconventional approaches she’s taken to her cancer treatment. It is a process that opened up a new world to Nic and radically changed her life to the point where she has changed career to concentrate more fully on health, and particularly cancer, awareness in her local community. She is now bringing her experience to bear with involvement with the NHS to help develop new approaches to research and treatment.
So the basis of the film is the very personal journey of one cancer patient which then develops a broader perspective about current cancer research and treatment.
What we need and what you get
Until now we have funded this film ourselves. We have nearly completed filming and we now need to edit it. As we filmed Nic the story evolved to reflect her own life changes, therefore the project has become more ambitious in it's scope and will take more time to complete in the edit suite.
The money we need is to allow enough time to make this film as powerful as possible. It will go to completing filming, paying an editor and covering costs of film festival fees, DVD production and distribution.
In return, we have some very unique perks which will appeal to you whether you are coming from a personal health perspective, a documentary filmmaking background or if you want one of Nic's beautiful, one-off pictures.
The point of making the film is twofold. Initially we hope that Nic's story will inspire and encourage people regarding their own lives and of those around them. If they make a positive step to resolving certain difficulties then brilliant. Job done!
Our main aim is to help increase awareness of current activities regarding cancer research and treatment and to give those working in health and cancer charities another tool with which to do this. To this end we need to complete the film and get it in front of as wide an audience as possible.
In order to do this we will first enter the film into appropriate film festivals to hopefully get it screened and even more importantly in front of TV commissioners. If the film gets on TV then our job of getting it to a wide audience will have begun.
Once we have put the film through the festival circuit we will then put the film online. This will then widen the audience further and hopefully result in increased awareness of the importance of cancer research.
As a secondary objective we also plan to create DVD's of the film which we will sell. The profits from these sales will be given straight to the charities that Nic already supports.
The teamJames Lane - Director and Producer
I have been making films for 17 years in both a commercial and personal context. Telling Nic’s story will be one of the most important films I have ever made. It’s a story that has already inspired many people and bringing it to as wide an audience as possible is my central aim for the film.
As a filmmaker I feel a responsibility for using this powerful medium to tell important stories and show an audience that there can be a shared human experience in how we tackle life. Nic has inspired many people who have heard her story so far and I am certain this can only benefit more people undergoing difficulties, whether they are health related, or not.
Mark Tew - Editor
Mark brings two things to this project. His wealth of editing experience over many years of filmmaking and a very personal interest in the story of Nic, having lost his own father to cancer in 2012. He is a passionate filmmaker and will undoubtedly help create a film of lasting value to a broad community.
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Some of Nic's paintings
Portrait of Nadia (acrylic on canvas)
Trees Diptych (acrylic on canvas).