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26 June 2020

The last dance.

by Andrew MacGregor

Motor Neurone Disease Association: “The Dance” - 2 mins 27s

This Motor Neurone Disease Association film is dedicated to Wendy Gladwyn, a performing arts mentor who passed away from the disease. Director Jess Journo - a former ballet dancer herself - artfully conveys how even the most lithe and active individual can succumb to muscle weakness and other life-shortening effects.

Journo’s vessel is dancer Dana Fouras, who delivers a gripping performance that is both elegant and jolting. The tension is compounded by Brendan Void’s piercing score, which builds as Fouras’s ‘condition’ worsens. A grounded VO, meanwhile, outlines the devastating facts of the disease - subtitles for a grimly beautiful film.

Film Production: Stink Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Jess Journo
Producer: Jess Journo / Nellie Heron Anstead
Production Co-ord: Hannah Bilverstone
Cinematographer: Tony Miller
Art Department: Mariya Evtimova
Stylist: Felicity Gray
Make-Up: Robyn Rowan
Editor: Jamie Hodgson @ Work Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: Stacia Akaba @ Big Buoy Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Richard Russell @ Big Buoy Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Joseph Bicknell @ Cheat Ⓦ
Performance: Dana Fouras

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