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Video: "The Black Box: Awaken"

Discussion in 'Advocacy Projects and Campaigns' started by Andy, Feb 22, 2021.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

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    Hampshire, UK
    From their Frequently Asked Questions,

    What is The Black Box all about?

    The Black Box is a psychological drama about a disabled writer with ME, who is trying, but failing, to write a story. He is caught between the harsh reality of his condition and how it affects him, and his equally harsh Muse, who is frustrated that he has never finished a story. The Muse torments the Man with characters from his unfinished projects, until the Man is confronted by his worst nightmare, a Fallen Angel bent on revenge.

    Why Make It?

    Although the main character of The Black Box has a disability, it is not a disability awareness film – it is a story, first and foremost. At its heart, The Black Box is a struggle between a person and their Muse or Conscience on the one hand and their nightmares on the other. It’s a variation on having an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other, or caught between their hopes and fears. Because of this, we feel that it will have a universal appeal and that viewers will be able to understand the Man’s struggles, whether they are disabled, creative, or neither. Everyone’s challenges are different, but we can relate to and understand each other.


    They are currently crowdfunding,

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2021
  2. Trish

    Trish Moderator Staff Member

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    I wish him all the best with his project. I have watched the short clip. Unfortunately I don't think I will be able to recommend the film if it includes the definition of ME he gives as 'inflammation of the brain and spinal cord'. We don't have evidence yet of whether that is true biologically. I wonder whether it is too late for that to be changed.
    Edit: I'll have a go at contacting him via the contact form.

    Edit: I have sent a message with explanation.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2021

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