The newly released film on Netflix: Kirsten Johnson’s Dick Johnson is Dead (2020) reminded me of the blog I wrote in October 2008:  Sue Bourne’s  Mum and Me. 

Both documentary film makers made the films about a relative. Sue’s about her mother and Kirsten about her father both afflicted by Dementia.  

There is no similarity between the two films. I must admit that while Bourne’s film touched me deeply Johnson’s  did not.

 I did not experienced my father’s confusions at its different states as I lived a long way . But his decline and efforts to remain serious and responsible were tragic. 

I do not understand Johnson’s film. I did not think it was funny or touching as some reviewers write .  At times I even thought that the director used her confused father to express things that he did not understand.   I will not elaborate on the subject. 

I would appreciate anybody who would like to write about it for my blog site….   

BOURNE: Producer/Director, 2008; Winner – Best Documentary at the Celtic Media Film Festival,[11] Winner – Mental Health Media “Making A Difference” Award

About rinaross

Born in 1935. MA in Film and Television Studies at the University of Westminster 1998. Studying the representation of older women in film since then.
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