Blackpool film maker to present her latest work at Wolverhampton Film Festival

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A film maker from Blackpool will showcase her production focusing on alcoholism at a film festival in Wolverhampton.

Kathryn Georghiou, homegrown talent, and the writer, director and producer of short film Changing Tides, is walking 21 miles in the Yorkshire Dales to raise awareness of alcoholism and those affected by it, and the very next day she'll be at the Wolverhampton Film Festival watching her film on the big screen.

Kathryn chose to make Changing Tides in Blackpool using our famous landmarks as signs of hope, set against the emotional rollercoaster of alcoholism.

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It’s a personal story. One that helped her better understand her fathers’ relationship with alcohol and his untimely death at the young age of 58.

Kathryn Georghiou, Filmmaker for Changing TidesKathryn Georghiou, Filmmaker for Changing Tides
Kathryn Georghiou, Filmmaker for Changing Tides

Told from the view point of a young domestic carer, Changing Tides shines a spotlight on end-of-life alcoholism for both the dependant and those that care for them.

Writing the film also led her to Nacoa, a charity that supports children of alcoholics through a dedicated and confidential helpline, messages boards, advocacy and research. To say it has changed her life is an understatement.

On 4 May, 50 Nacoa supporters will walk 21 miles to raise awareness for that forgotten subset of people, children of alcoholics. In the UK, 1 in 5 children are affected by a parents’ drinking with little to no support from the government. Nacoa is there to help those children.

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When Laura Leadbeater, Volunteer and Training Manager at Nacoa, watched Changing Tides she said, “I applaud the decision to show the unvarnished reality of alcohol issues. It’s raw, it’s genuine, and it portrays the lives of everyday people grappling with these challenges”.

Changing Tides Film PosterChanging Tides Film Poster
Changing Tides Film Poster

Kathryn and the whole team behind Changing Tides were over-the-moon when they found out the film had been selected for the Wolverhampton Film Festival. And, in true Blackpool fashion, she is taking sticks of rocks with Changing Tides running through the centre for the audience to enjoy whilst watching the film. She sees it as a nod to her hometown and a sign that Blackpool is going to Wolverhampton.

Changing Tides screens on Sunday 5th May at the Wolverhampton Film Festival. To find out more about the festival, go to: https://www.facebook.com/wtonfilmfestival/