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Horror trilogy to focus on diabetes

Source PA News

Updated on 10 August 2009

A film maker has created a horror movie to increase awareness about diabetes.

Tom Craig is a scriptwriter, film maker and lecturer in Film Theory and History at the University of Derby.

He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of four.

Mr Craig has previously been involved in educating trainee doctors and nurses at his local hospital about what it is like to live with the condition, and so chose to combine his knowledge to produce three short horror films.

It is hoped the series, named the Bitter Sweet Trilogy, will encourage people, especially younger generations, to discuss diabetes more openly.

Type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependant diabetes, is a lifelong condition in which the body cannot control the amount of glucose in the blood.

Mr Craig said: "Adjusting to the psychological aspects of living with diabetes, in my experience, can be the hardest part of dealing with the condition.

"Unfortunately, this is also an area that healthcare professionals often see as a secondary consideration, after the management of a patient's physical symptoms.

"Broaching the subject in a format that teenagers and young adults are familiar with, such as the horror or thriller genre, is more likely to get them talking about it than if you were to try and convey the message in a dry documentary style."

Each film, written by Mr Craig, is about 20 minutes long and focus on different symptoms of diabetes.

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