Dereham youth worker with brain tumour makes inspiring film dedicated to cancer sufferers

Dan Lawrence, a youth worker who wrote a feature film, has died

Dan Lawrence, a youth worker who wrote a feature film, has died - Credit: Archant

A youth worker with an inoperable brain tumour has made an 80-minute feature film dedicated to people battling cancer.

Dan Lawrence, a youth worker who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, he has made an 80 mi

Dan Lawrence, a youth worker who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, he has made an 80 minute feature film called Looking to Eternity. Pictured: Screengrab from the film Looking to Eternity. Picture: courtesy of NBCFY - Credit: courtesy of NBCFY

Dan Lawrence, 25, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2015, and his time on a ward at Addenbrookes Hospital gave him the inspiration to begin writing a script which has now been made into a full length film.

Looking to Eternity, which will premier on Friday November 4 at the Hollywood in Dereham, follows the story of John, played by Joshua Gould, 21, a 'grumpy' man given a path in life he doesn't intend, who he transitions 'into something so much better'.

Mr Lawrence said: 'The film firstly came about as a kind of reflection on how I'd been feeling at the time kind of discovering that I'd got a brain tumour and what that meant.

'I didn't realise it was going to turn into such a large project for us.

'It's just amazing how we've come from a tiny, could we ever do this, to oh my goodness we're actually doing it, and we're actually doing it with a real oomph.'

The film was made by a team of 22 children and teenagers and 8 adults from the North Breckland Youth for Christ Christian group where Mr Lawrence formerly worked as a youth worker.

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The group, in partnership with the Jerusalem Trust, organised a four day workshop with two professional film-makers in February 2016, at Dereham Sixth Form College, giving the novice team a chance to better understand the process.

The 30 volunteers then filmed the full movie in seven days.

Angela Fox, director of North Breckland Youth for Christ, said: 'The people who've been involved in the film have known Dan for a long time so it's very much been a team thing and actually the journey has been a collective journey so I think that's helped Dan because he's been part of this.

'Everybody has things happen in life but there is possibility of getting hope and good things.

'I believe that good things can come from bad situations and this is proof of that.'

The first two showings of the film, on Friday November 4 and Saturday November 5, will see a full house at the Hollywood with 141 people attending, by invitation only, each night.

Following a number of requests the team will also be selling DVDs of the film over the two nights with half of the profits going towards the Brain Tumour Charity.

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