Warning, you may find some parts of the photofilm Be Myself disturbing.
I’ll never forget the day the photographer Georgina Cranston came to Birmingham to play me the raw audio of her interview with Lucy; the woman whose story is told in Be Myself. Afterwards I sat at my kitchen table in stunned silence and cried.
In sixteen years of editing audio that has never happened.
Over the years I’ve produced work about some of the worst things a human being can survive, but this was amongst the most personal, the most raw and ultimately inspiring audio I’ve edited.
When Lucy was a child a terrible crime was committed (repeatedly) against her. The people that were supposed to protect her didn’t want to know. Her pain was compounded by the fact that “nobody listened”. Today Lucy’s film is running off the front page of the Guardian. She can be sure people are listening now.
(We very rarely ask this of our readers, but it would mean a lot if you shared this film on Facebook or Twitter or commented on The Guardian website. Lucy will read the comments and this will mean a lot to her. )
This photofilm was first shown at the ‘Where from? Where now?’ exhibition, an in-depth multimedia project by Georgina Cranston which explored the stories behind women’s homelessness through the words and reflections of 15 women. The other women’s stories can be found on the Where from? Where now? website.