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18 July 2019

The calm and the storm.

by Andrew MacGregor

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: “Danielle” - 15 mins 03s

This bracing documentary from director Gareth Warland introduces Danielle MacGillivray: single mother, outdoor enthusiast, and proud Hebridean. She also suffers from a form of multiple sclerosis called relapsing-remitting MS, and a storm is slowly but surely growing inside her body.

The weather aptly plays a key role throughout the film, as MacGillivray blames the lack of sunlight in the Outer Hebrides for her illness. Meanwhile, Warland and DP Robin Asselmeyer make shrewd use of the rugged terrain and squally conditions to match her words.

Despite the grim subject matter, however, Warland and MacGillivray are at pains to show that life - in one form or another - does go on. Her tender interactions with her son and her long-serving horse prove this, and they all add up to produce a compelling portrait of a woman determined to ride out the storm.

Director: Gareth Warland
Producer: Gareth Warland
Cinematographer: Robin Asselmeyer
Post Production: Oscar Wendt @ Electric Theatre Collective Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Mark Chapman / Andy Godwin @ Electric Theatre Collective Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Ruth Wardell ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ @ Electric Theatre Collective Ⓟ Ⓦ
Location: Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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