Albert does not recall his beloved Josie with whom he ran through the tall grassy meadows as a child. Fortunately, Josie still remembers. She visits Albert in the care home–gently helping him to remember if only for an instant until…for “Ten Glorious Seconds” he remembers.
Produced in the UK and filmed at Bupa’s The Springs Care Home in Malvern, “Ten Glorious Seconds” realistically and touchingly portrays the warmth of love eternal.
A beautiful short film with moving music and a touching message to help raise dementia awareness.
About Ten Glorious Seconds (from the website)
Ten Glorious Seconds features Emmy-Award winning actor David Suchet (Hercule Poirot in the BAFTA-winning TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot), together with veteran British actors Paul Collard and Gabrielle Hamilton.
The film is a short drama about Albert. Living in his care room, he’s in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, and his use of language has been lost. His wife Josie is aware that time is running out for them and is desperate to connect again.
Albert doesn’t know her anymore. Yet he can still receive and return emotional signals. Although what Josie does and says seems not to have an obvious impact; her presence and support triggers a blazing search in Albert’s memory for a connection.
Ten Glorious Seconds was directed by BBC’s Simon Pitts and written by Carol Younghusband. It is privately financed by individual donors.
Comments from the director of dementia care at Bupa, the care home, where this film was made and from the film director:
“Caring for someone with advanced dementia can be challenging, but helping people to find ways to connect with their loved ones, if only for a brief period, is immensely rewarding.
We care for thousands of people with dementia in our care homes and often see the frustrations of relatives trying to communicate with their mother or father who appears very different to the person they thought they knew. Taking the time to identify a person’s key moments and happy memories in life is a starting point for reigniting feelings of connection and wellbeing.”
– Dr. Graham Stokes, Director of Dementia Care
Bupa Care Homes
“I read the script and immediately recognised the beauty and importance of it. Albert sees his wife Josie visit his care room every day. But he no longer knows who she is. We see him search his memories to try to understand.”
– Simon Pitts, Director
Ten Glorious Seconds
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Brenda Avadian, MA