This short film celebrates the life of 19-year-old Lulu Blundell who died on New Year’s Day 2023, and the Teenage Cancer Trust and NHS staff who supported her to keep living life to the full through four years of treatment and in her last months.
The film, which was part of Teenage Cancer Trust’s #talkaboutdying campaign, sees Lulu’s own inspiring words and reflections on living with cancer and a terminal diagnosis read out by her mum Carolyn against a backdrop of photos and video taken by Lulu and her loved ones.
The film was inspired by and includes the exact words written by Lulu on her JustGiving page for an event she ran for Teenage Cancer Trust and posts on her Instagram account.
Teenage Cancer Trust’s in-house team approached her mum Carolyn about using these words as a basis for a film about her life, then worked closely with her to create and record the script and select film and photo footage. A shorter edit of the film was used for social media.
Through news coverage of the film and social media, Lulu’s positive message about making the most of every moment has now reached millions of people around the world. We are extremely grateful to Lulu’s family for allowing us to share her story and their work on the film.
Lulu: Forever 19 team
Carolyn Blundell, Lulu’s mum
John Stead at Teenage Cancer Trust: Director, filming, sound, editing
Claire Monger at Teenage Cancer Trust: Concept, research, scripting, family liaison
Heather Bowen at Teenage Cancer Trust: Additional family liaison
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