Little Stars – Children’s Palliative Care- Joseph’s Story
We have just released Joseph’s Story as part of our Little Stars Indiegogo crowd funding campaign.
About Joseph’s Story by Fiona Stewart
“The most surprising thing I have learnt about paediatric palliative care is that it is not just about endings. Palliative care is really a steady arm to lean on: it supports you to make your time together the best it can be, and it helps families take some control back over their lives.
DAVID SUCHET STARS IN LITTLE STARS
Thanks to the tremendous support of the first 75 Funders of the Little Stars Indiegogo Campaign we have been able to record the narration for the one-hour feature film with acclaimed, award-winning British actor David Suchet CBE (most famous for his portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Poirot).
THANK YOU!!! Check out a sample of David’s performance by watching the updated campaign video now…
Suchet’s on-screen and vocal performance left the crew fighting back tears during the recording session in Melbourne. David’s involvement in the project adds heart, credibility and visibility to this important global health issue.
View behind-the-scenes photos by clicking on the ‘Gallery’ tab (top right) on the Indiegogo Campaign page.
Now, all of the component parts of the feature film have been assembled and we just need to raise the remainder of the post-production budget. This will enable us to complete the editing, animation, original score and sound design for the film.
We have 14 days to go and need your help to get us over the line. Amazing Perks are on offer, now including individually signed copies of the LIFE Before Death DVD Box Set by narrator David Suchet (see the Perks to the right of screen) on the Campaign page.
Little Stars team
LITTLE STARS INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN – WE NEED YOU
ARTICLE COURTESY OF SUE BOUCHER @ E-HOSPICE
The makers of “Little Stars” the full length movie and short feature films on children’s palliative care have started a crowdfunding appeal to get them to the finish line in time for the film premiere at the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne this December.
LITTLE STARS ITALY
We have spent an amazing week in Padova, Italy. Our hosts The Maruzza Foundation and Hospice Pediatrico Casa del Bambino were fantastic and enabled us to film with some incredible children and their families who are receiving support from the palliative care team at the hospice.
The work being done by the team at Casa del Bambino is exemplary. Currently it is the only paediatric hospice in Italy.
Matteo is an energetic seven year old. An extraordinary family who took him on despite his life threatening illness, Read more…
LITTLE STARS – MALAYSIA
What an amazing week we’ve just had in Malaysia filming for Little Stars! Not only did Hospis Malaysia play fabulous hosts to us, introducing us to some of their wonderful patients in Kuala Lumpur but we also had the enormous privilege of meeting Malaysian Royalty when we traveled to Johor Bahru to film at the Pediatric Palliative Care ward in Hospital Sultan Ismail.
A visit by Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah Idris, the Royal Patron of the Malaysian Paediatric Palliative Care Programme was arranged for the day of our filming. Her Royal Highness plays an important, ongoing role in advocating for implementation and improved services for paediatic palliative care in Malaysia. It was a pleasure to meet her and witness the joy and excitement the children on the ward had at the opportunity to meet her.
Introducing LeeAnne- Little Stars – USA
Introducing LeeAnne, one of the stars of our Little Stars project. We had the great experience filming with LeeAnne in Boston last year. LeeAnne is 34 and doing an amazing job of living with Cystic Fibrosis, a life limiting illness she was diagnosed with at age 2. During our time with LeeAnne and her little dog Curly we gained some real insight into life with this illness and were blown away by her courage and tenacity.
LeeAnne lives with her fourteen year old son and husband and despite her condition she has an incredible outlook which she attributes to the support she gets from her palliative care team out of the Boston Children’s Hospital. We look forward to sharing more of LeeAnne’s story with you in the coming months.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetically acquired, life-shortening chronic illness, it primarily affects the lungs and the Read more…
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED- MAKE A PLEDGE
We’ve hit the ground running with funding confirmed for filming in the United States and South Africa later this year. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the first short film in the series ‘Value Every Life’ its online now and we encourage you to watch and share it with your friends and colleagues.
The broad project goal is – To ensure that every child needing palliative care can access it worldwide, thereby relieving the suffering of children and families facing life-limiting illness. As part of the projects advocacy efforts designed to help reach this goal, we are inviting you to host a screening. Please ‘Make A Pledge’ to do so and when the films are complete in 2014 we will provide you with a copy of the collection of ‘Little Stars’ films on DVD to facilitate your screening and keep for your own use.
Value Every Life
We’re delighted to be sharing a very special sneak preview of the first short film in the Little Stars series, titled “Value Every Life”.
We’re still in the process of attaching sponsors for the project but extremely excited about the prospect of entering full-blown production in the coming months.
Thank you for your interest and support of this project. To view the film please visit the Films Page.
Scene 1, Take 1 – South Africa
We’ve returned home from our first filming trip to Cape Town and Bloemfontein, South Africa.
It was an incredible experience to film with the children and team of Sunflower House and witness the breathtaking story of Naledi, one of the hospice’s very first patients who is now 22 years old and taking the world by storm!
Little Stars is a series of films about the surprisingly life-affirming stories of children around the world living with life-shortening illnesses. Against the odds, these very special kids are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their families, in harmony with passionate ‘palliative care’ teams.