Shed Your Tears & Walk Away

2009 | 89 minutes

Directed by Jez Lewis · Produced by Rachel Wexler

Synopsis

A real-life drama about why, in the beautiful and quirky rural town of Hebden Bridge, filmmaker Jez Lewis’ childhood friends are killing themselves. Beginning with a personal quest for understanding, the film moves into a year-long drama of human tragedy and redemption as principal character Cass comes to terms with his own mortality and attempts to lift himself out of his cycle of self-destruction. This core narrative carves an upward arc through an intimate study of a place often described as paradise, but which harbours an undertow of lethal hedonism and disillusionment. As people continue to kill themselves during the making of the film, a maelstrom of conflicting values throws up unexpected truths about the human condition..

Funded by: Screen East/Bungalow Town