Glasgow-based performance maker mum Philippa Clark and her son Isaac who has complex needs, have created a short film to be shown as part of Glasgow Tramway’s Unlimited Festival.

The film is called ‘Eleven’, a nod to Isaac as he turns 11 this year, and the duo have spent the last year filming 11 seconds of their everyday lives, in a bid to capture the highs, lows and joys of a family living with a child with complex needs.

Isaac has cerebral palsy, ASD, epilepsy and a learning diagnosis among some other attributes associated with his diagnosis. His mum in a recent blog describes him as “bold, unapologetic, hilarious, creative, challenging, ridiculously loving and lovable, exhausting, tender, noisy, unpredictable and brave” and as a “technological whizz”.

They used Isaac’s iPad to film each day and they have tried to capture an honest depiction of their daily lives.

Philippa Clark said: “Documenting each day for the last year has felt like an intensely personal and honest way to show the reality of a family raising a disabled child. I hope we capture the humour as much as the hard times as this will best portray who Isaac is. As we near the end I feel nervous but overwhelmingly proud of my son and the story we tell together.”

Isaac Clark O’Malley said of making the film: “It was good. It was good making it with mum. I like it when I sing One Direction. That’s the best bit. And when I say Mummy looks a bit like a tangerine.”

For further information, Philippa Clark has been blogging about the piece and her experience as a mother-artist on the Glas(s) Performance blog here:

The film is created by Philippa Clark and Isaac Clark O’Malley with film-maker Geraldine Heaney. It will open at Tramway, Glasgow as part of the Unlimited Festival on 18th October 2018.

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