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13 April 2021

Home and away.

by Andrew MacGregor

Ronald McDonald House Charities: “Family Is Medicine (Director's Cut)” - 2 mins

Charlotte Regan directs this stirring piece of work for Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada that underlines the importance of family in a sick child's recovery. As a boy and his family enter their accomodation late at night, we realise they’re in it for the long haul.

The reality of extended care is well-handled: movie nights are interspersed with hospital visits, kickabouts with convalescence, and laughter with fraught silence. A shot of mum and dad hushed in the laundry room neatly illustrates the emotional toll.

This tactful blend of highs and lows keep viewers engaged thoughout the two-minute runtime, with an assured Regan keeping the schmaltz at bay. Plenty of care has been taken with the subject matter, and it's paid off for all concerned.

Film Production: OPC Ⓦ / Knucklehead Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Charlotte Regan ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Max Brook
Executive Producer: Harland Weiss / Donovan Boden / Isil Gilderdale / Emily Harris
Cinematographer: Kristofer Bonnell
Production Designer: Donna Irvine
Wardrobe: Katry Sertic
Casting: Shasta Lutz

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