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Comments on THE BRIDGE AT MIDNIGHT TREMBLES
 
Hi Peter
Flicked on the TV last night just on the off chance and saw the documentary on
Richard Moir then saw your name in the credits. Did you shoot it? (they rolled too quickly)
What an absolute Knockout. So tough, honest, brave, matter of fact, raw and riveting.
A very emotional and compassionate work. All power to all who made it and especially Richard for telling his story.
Robert Ashton

Dear Peter,
The Bridge at Midnight Trembles is one of the most fascinating, heart-rending and
challenging documentaries I've had the pleasure to watch.
Congratulations and thank-you to you, Richard, Esben and the crew for such an important
and uncompromising work.
It inspires us all to battle through hardship and in the same breath to rejoice at the
sweet breath of good health and the richness of life.
Wishing you the very same.
sincerely,
Ezra Bix

Greetings Peter
I did watch it last night - a good piece of work - it promotes a sense of humanistic
optimism in the face of what appears to be overwhelming odds & done so in a very matter of factual manner. Good work & I trust our paths will cross again in the not too distant future.
Cheers & above all -
RUSTY BOLTS LIVES!
John (John Davis)

Dear Peter
I thought you would enjoy the email I got this morning.
The film looked great.
Best,
Karin Altman

Hi Karin
Did you watch A Bridge Trembles at Midnight last night?
Just fantastic.
Heartbreakingly good. So touching and unflinchingly honest and unsentimental,
really moving.
If you didn't see it, you must.
Deb Parsons

Dear Peter,
Congratulations to all involved in the doco! A truly moving and real life drama. I
thought the camera work and format of the documentary was great and really felt like we were right in there with Richard through thick and thin from start to finish.
What an amazing character he is! His humor and candor about his challenging experiences  was remarkable.
Grace and Raph, now in mid teens, sat through the whole film really caught up with the
story and that says something!
Once again, congratulations on such a moving presentation of a memorable slice of real
life, no holds barred.
Phillip Corbett

Hi Peter,
I watched Bridges on SBS - great doco - u must have spent ages and ages on
it. Congrats - a great story. Very human and very close to the heart.
An education.
Take care
Peter Bancroft

Dear Peter
I'm pretty impressed and Richard is an enormously courageous and intelligent subject. I hope the film gets a proper run somewhere or at least the ABC or SBS will show it. My congrats to you and Esben. Your film speaks in a humane way; it's straight and honest and touches the heart.
Paul Cox

Hi Pete,
Congratulations on the SBS doco - well done.  It was a moving piece to say the least, particularly because my dad died of Parkinson's disease.  So I was blown out buy it.
Credit to you, Ebsen and of course Richard Moir.
Robert Chuter

I have just watched 'The Bridge...' for the first time since you sent it. Bravo! my friend, bravo! I have a few contacts that have suffered from this condition and have family that have been wrecked by this condition as well. I will make sure that they have access to  this film. I admire your work. Thank you for including it in the package that you sent.
Bill Woodard

Hi peter watched your documentary on Parkinson's, found it very interesting.
How brave and accepting Richard Moir is. Have passed the video on to a friend whose mother in law is newly diagnosed. 
Marieta Palmington

SBS CHAT LINE:

Hi Richard,
I only caught the last third of this great doco after putting my son to bed. I trust SBS will repeat and repeat this important film.
I hope it will be seen all over the world.
I recall Michael J Fox's efforts in the USA to bring awareness and funding to this affliction, but besides all that, this is the first time I have seen anything aired in Australia about an Australian. I hope this means we shall see more of you Richard.
Your quote: "unemployable" (as an actor?) never! Remember all those Kathryn Hepburn films when she shook all the time? I never knew she had Parkinson’s, to me it was just her intensity and emotion and it actually made her roles and her presence more powerful for me. It was like her signature.
I remember you visiting my Dads flat when I was 17- filling the doorway, handsome, gregarious, radical, what a smile! I'm glad you were a friend to my Dad. Can you believe me if I tell you my 7 year old is just like a reincarnation of Cecil ? Reads EVERYTHING and shouts like him too, he is so articulate and witty. The wheel turns.
You know, one cannot lose what one never had and you have lost nothing.
'The past is another country, they do things differently there'.
Esben, Cecil would have loved this film. I look forward to seeing it again - in 50 different languages.
Love to you both
Amanda

My name is Antony Toben.
How inspiring Richard Moir's fight to stay alive and seek options available.
I am a 26 year old young man from Victoria, who is in his 4th year of dialysis. The only solution in getting off 'Death Row' is Therapeutic Cloning, which will give me my life back that I had with 22.
As an Author I would also like to emphasis the importance of ‘Therapeutic Cloning’ (Stem Cell Research).
Therapeutic Cloning would not only get me off 'Death Row' but also benefit the rest of mankind, such as Parkinson, quadriplegics regaining full mobility, blindness, diabetes, heart complications, rejuvenation, regeneration – the results are endless.
Most sincerely,
Antony Toben

I have been so moved by Richard’s story tonight that I write this still with tears in my eyes. Thank you to Richard for letting us see your story, warts, shakes and all. I felt so scared when they were preparing you for your first operation, it must have been terrifying but your humour and grace was (and is) inspiring. Thanks for allowing me an insight into a disease I really had no idea about and for making me think about life and living it to the full when I needed to. I do hope your kids are giving you a big cuddle soon. X

I am 50 years of age and was diagnosed with PD in 1996. I have been encouraged by my Neuro to have DBS. In your experience what percentage of patients have no relief of any symptoms? I've also been told that there is a significant 'relapse rate' i.e. it works for a few years, then patients revert to their previous - or worse - state. Is this the case and, if so, can the relapse be "tweaked" by a subsequent operation?
I would like to communicate directly with Richard Moir. Our circumstances are similar (marriage breakdown, similar physical symptoms, etc.). If he is open to this, please let me know. I am happy to phone him (I live in Canberra), or to provide my email address if preferred.
Alan

Hey, Richard
I remember you on television when I was very young and knew nothing, but even so you made a big impression as an actor. It was just so obvious you were a big talent - to rival Olivier, Wells, all the big shots.
Lucky you. Imagine having all that talent, all those gifts for convincing people and thinking things through, and good old fashioned Aussie guts as well. Still the leading man, eh.
Anyway, you shouldn't have despaired about your stiffness and slowness. Little did you know that you had nothing on the SBS server, and didn't upset anywhere near the number of people!
Congratulations to your doctors and family - great people.
Your kids will come round. You're so good at being brave, they don't know you need them and they're probably too young to know that.
Best of luck with everything,
S

Sweetie, Watching your documentary and sharing a wee snippet of your journey was gruelling to say the least. Living it is beyond imagining.
I have been eavesdropping of sorts, reading postings from all sorts of people who know your work and have fond memories of Round The Twist, etc. It must be warming to be regarded with such love, delight and smiles.
And I join the many who wonder about the intervening years from the filming of the documentary to now. When is the update forthcoming?
Be good to you.
Colleen

Thank you for documenting Richard's struggle with Parkinson's. I watched this story as I have a friend’s father who has Parkinson’s Disease. I found his struggle with the disease inspirational and courageous but I gained much more from watching this than he would probably have expected. I have had 2 brothers pass away from various illnesses when I was younger, being too young at the time, I now feel the guilt of not being able to help my parents, family and importantly my brothers emotionally, physically and financially throughout their difficult periods. This story indirectly released immense emotions since the time of them passing away. And for this I pass onto his family my deepest sorrow and compassion for their loss of a courageous man, but please know that this story has helped a young man with a pregnant wife to move forward and as always appreciate life each day with fortune and praise and look forward to the next life on it's way!

I wanted to say that I found this program accidentally and in it I found a hero.
I have also suffered depression and watching this just makes me want to slap myself as I realise how lucky I am. Your strength is incredible, your courage in the face of uncertainty and death is truly a credit to yourself. I didn't see the start of the show but I wish and hope that it brings to you an even greater sense of achievement, as you deserve.
I can still sing all the words to round the twist!
WELL DONE.

I've never chatted before but we wanted (hubby too) to tell you how we laughed and cried through your story and how much - how very much - we send you our dearest thoughts and wishes for your health and happiness. You are inspiring and may your dear girls, and wonderful family share lots and lots of happy times with you and lighten all dark clouds. We would love to help in any way we can.

I have just watched your doco, Richard.
I have loved watching you on film and TV and this doco tonight has been your best work...by far.
Your courage is remarkable; your honesty full of integrity, charm, human frailty and a beautiful sense of what it is to be human.
You have undoubtedly given people with Parkinson’s great hope and inspiration.
I applaud you, Richard Moir, and I would love to meet you...you could inspire many of my students.
God bless you.
Tony

My 70 YO Mum has Parkinson’s... I promised my mum about ten years ago that I would not let her go to a home. I have structured my whole life around helping Mum, and helping Dad help mum. 24 hours care means 1.5 people for support at least... Mum is too scared to have the operation.
We feel pretty alone (especially Mum) it was great to see someone with exactly the same problems and feelings.
Richard you are a dude, glad you are alive!

I remember you visiting my Dads flat when I was 17- filling the doorway, handsome, gregarious, radical, what a smile! I'm glad you were a friend to my Dad. Can you believe me if I tell you my 7 year old is just like a reincarnation of Cecil ? Reads EVERYTHING and shouts like him too, he is so articulate and witty. The wheel turns.
You know, one cannot lose what one never had and you have lost nothing.
'The past is another country, they do things differently there'.
Esben, Cecil would have loved this film. I look forward to seeing it again - in 50 different languages.
Love to you both 
Amanda

To The Editor
The Age
Dear Editor,
As a group of social workers and other allied health professionals who
work with  people with Parkinson’s and their families, we were dismayed at  Kenneth Nguyen’s review in the green guide (5/10/06) of The Bridge at Midnight Trembles? which was recently screened on SBS as part of its Storyline Series.

The film, which features key aspects of the life of well known and respected actor Richard Moir, his struggles with Parkinson’s and follows his journey through a medical procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation? or DSP, has quite rightly been described by Kenneth Nguyen as honest and a Head-on acknowledgement of human limitations in the face of natural hardship?

However to describe the film as artless is to insult the power and impact of artistic pursuits. There were over 3000 visits and comments to the web-chat set up by SBS afterwards and we encourage Kenneth Nguyen to read these to understand the profound and far-reaching affect of this film, both to persons with Parkinson’s and their families as well as to the broader community.

The reviewer then takes it upon himself to offer his medical opinion upon the operation itself being not successful because he has observed someone whose tics had returned?. What right does he presume to make such a flippant comment about a very complex and delicate subject (They are not actually tics in any case)

All this aside, the most insensitive and shallow comment offered was when the reviewer compared this documentary to the one following, saying that that one would be more entertaining.  Casual as this comment may have been, have we really reached a stage when what we expect from documentaries is only that they ‘entertain’ us, rather than allow ourselves to be moved by the humanity, honesty, courage and warmth which so clearly emanate from this wonderful film. This film is more a celebration of life ‘warts and all’ than a film which talks only about the nice things in life?. Programs like Storyline and Australian Story have demonstrated that documentaries can change people’s attitudes and behaviors.

What we learn from people like Richard Moir and through this film and its powerful impact is about what matters most in being a human being and this strengthens our connections as a community.  We should be proud of such documentaries and the people, like Richard Moir who have the courage and honesty to make them and share their lives with us.

Thank you Richard Moir and Esben Storm the writers and producers and the talented director and photographer Peter Leiss.

Mark Silver Social Worker
On behalf of SWAP  (Social /Allied Health Workers with Parkinson’s Group)

 
     

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