Drugs doc could win prestigious film award

Still from Jez Lewis's film Shed Your Tears And Walk Away
Still from Jez Lewis's film Shed Your Tears And Walk Away

A DOCUMENTARY about drink and drug abuse in part of Calderdale is in the running for a prestigious award.

Shed Your Tears and Walk Away, made by Jez Lewis who grew up in Hebden Bridge, has been nominated for Best Documentary on a Contemporary British Issue at the Grierson Film Awards.

“I’m obviously very excited to be nominated,” said Jez.

“But whatever happens, the whole team helped make the film and more importantly we were only able to make it with the support and courage of the families I filmed, including those who don’t feature in the final version.

“I’m especially pleased that it’s in the ‘contemporary British issue’ category as this recognises that the themes in the film are relevant nationwide, and not just in Hebden Bridge.”

Jez made the film to explore why so many of his friends from his home town had died from drink, drugs or suicide.

The documentary has received critical acclaim and has already won Best UK First Feature at last year’s East End Film Festival.

It was also shown to a packed audience at Hebden Bridge Picture House which also hosted a special screening organised by Halifax and Calderdale Samaritans last year in the hope of strengthening links between different organisations in the area who can offer support for people with drink and drug problems.

The Grierson Film Awards were established in 1972 and are held annually to celebrate innovative and exciting new documentaries.

This year’s awards will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at the British Film Institute on London’s South Bank. For more information about the awards visit www.griersontrust.org.