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Thursday 03 September 2015

Brighton Man's Short Film Wins Prestigious Award At Ceremony Hosted By Parkinson's UK

Tim Andrews, from Brighton, has won the 'Together' multimedia category in the Mervyn Peake Awards, for his short film entitled Good Morning!.

Tim was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2005, but believes that he first showed symptoms as long ago as 1999 when he was 48:

"My wife, the renowned artist, Jane Andrews, bought me some origami figures and it gave me an idea to use them in a stop-motion film.

"When I am being photographed or I am making one of my films, I almost forget that I have Parkinson's. 

"I am very lucky in that I have always had a positive nature and that, allied to my creative urges helps me to cope with my symptoms".

Since 2002, Parkinson's UK has celebrated the creative talents of people with Parkinson's through the Mervyn Peake Awards. 

The annual event was established in memory of the much-admired artist and writer Mervyn Peake, who had Parkinson's. 

This year there were over 300 entries for the five award categories: Art, Photography, Poetry, the new Books category and 'Together'-themed multimedia category. 

Tim added: "I have been very much involved with Parkinson's UK since I appeared on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2009. 

"Since then, we have worked closely on a number of exhibitions of the photographs in an ongoing project of mine. 

"I was very honoured to be asked to speak at the Mervyn Peake Awards about 5 years ago.  

"Following the speech l have entered a poem and a photograph, and last year l was a judge in the film category, so when l heard of the 'Together' category this year, my mother-in-law Karen suggested that I enter one of my stop-motion films, and I knew just the one to fit the bill.

"'Good Morning!' is about togetherness, how we each thrive on support and friendship and goodwill. 

"I have received so much of that since I was diagnosed, and so I want to spread the word and have some fun in the process. I'm thrilled to have won this award."

Tim was presented with his award at a reception organised by Parkinson's UK, at King's College London.

by: Mike Cobley


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