RAISING ALS/MND AWARENESS

About the Film

A self-harming student nurse with suicidal ideations becomes the fulltime caregiver of a 25 year-old, self-assured prankster who, suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), has only six months to live.

Josephine Halloway is in constant conflict between a pretence of idealistic happiness and the reality of deep-seeded depression, thrusting her towards a nightmarish suicide attempt. It is only when she meets Jack, a young boy for whom death is inevitable, that Josephine begins to find substance in her own existence. As Josephine and Jack discover meaning, resolve and love through each other’s needs, Josephine must use all her newfound courage to overcome her greatest fear when Jack asks her to make the ultimate and unthinkable sacrifice for love.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or more generally as Motor Neuron Disease (MND), affects thousands of people around the world each year. The average survival from onset to death is three to four years, with only 4% surviving longer than 10 years.

Sometimes the Rain is a thought-provoking drama that explores the themes of self-harm and terminal illness (ALS/MND), while illustrating the power of undying love and the strength of the human spirit in unthinkable conflict. It is a mainstream feature film with ‘raising enduring ALS/MND awareness’ at its heart and will be released theatrically worldwide in 2018.

In addition to raising awareness through local and international cinema exposure, 5 percent (5%) of all net profits received by the Production Company upon release of Sometimes the Rain will be donated amongst the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (www.alsa.org), the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Australia (www.mndaust.asn.au) and other appropriate ALS/MND organisations worldwide to contribute to ultimately curing ALS/MND throughout the world.

Sometimes the Rain will be produced by Luminosity Creative Studio – an Australian-based film and television Production Company with a history of successful industry credits – and directed by first-time-feature director, Reinier Krol, who also wrote the script.

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Synopsis

Josephine Halloway is a nursing student at the perilous edge of an emotional abyss. We first meet her on the night of her twenty-first birthday, at a party organized by her over-protective mother, Frances, and oppressed father, Martin. As the celebration gathers momentum downstairs, we find Josephine upstairs, adrift in a surge of lacking, ready to burn herself with a cigarette lighter and contemplating putting an end to her life.

Searching desperately for her untraveled path of discovery, Josephine stumbles across a secretive ward on the 9th floor of the hospital where she works as a student nurse. In the darkest corners of her emptiness, she meets Jack Bridges – a boy who, in contrast to herself, lacks everything that is tangible, but is a rich emotional counterpart to Josephine’s intangible needs and wants.

Can Josephine seize enough tenor in making the ultimate sacrifice to vanquish the unrelenting horde of blue devils thrusting her to self-destruction? How far will she go for love?
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From the Production Diary

With just 60 days until the first day of filming begins on Sometimes the Rain, the production company is excited to announce that all Key Crew positions are filled and we’re ready to go!!

The production has been incredibly fortunate to bring together one of THE most exciting, talented and experienced film crews for an Australian feature film, seen in recent years. Equally important, not only are the behind-the-camera crew talented, they are also just genuine, nice and decent people.

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In the News

Director Interview
In this 16-minute in-house video, Sometimes the Rain director, Reinier Krol, discusses the inspiration behind the story and the importance of accurately portraying ALS in the film.
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