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Granddad, Dementia & Me 2017

Minnow Films for BBC One  

1 x 60 minutes
Minnow Films for BBC One

In 2014, 79-year-old Tom Sivyer was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. Shortly afterwards, his grandson Dominic began filming on this moving, intimate and warm documentary that follows Tom and his family through a period that would turn family life upside down.

Shot over two years, Granddad, Dementia and Me is told through Dominic’s eyes as he struggles to look after his Granddad Tom, whilst at the same time, his Grandparents relationship begins to suffer under the onset of Tom’s disease. Dominic follows his Granddad after he is sectioned, sent to a care home, and moved from one family home to the next.

But the film is as much about Dominic’s Grandma Pam as it is his Granddad. At 82 years-old, Pam is faced with a terrible dilemma - does she stay with her husband of 50 years as he turns into someone she doesn’t recognise, or will they have to separate?

Carefully balancing his role as both filmmaker and protagonist, Dominic presents an honest, unsweetened account of the crisis in his grandparents’ life. Despite the difficulty of the situation, the film is wrapped up in love and warmth. And just when it looks like the seemingly downward spiral of Tom’s illness will tear them apart, the family ultimately find a peaceful and happy solution in an unexpected situation.

Granddad, Dementia & Me

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Filmed, Produced and Directed by
Dominic Sivyer
Executive Producer
Morgan Matthews
James Gold
Sam Hooper
Production Manager
Patricia Burns
Brendan Easton
Richard Rankin