Alistair has just completed this 4 min promo short-cut taken from the 6-part film:

View the trailer and buy the film (click here)

Contented Dementia Trust has also enabled their website to take PayPal payments from around the World – we’ve just added enough to the basic film cost to cover P&P:

Link to PayPal page

Europe (and that’s Europe as in as far afield as Eurovision Song contest entries!) is £15.57

Rest of World (Canada, USA, Sth America, Africa, Far East, Australasia) is £16.75

I was so chuffed to get this comment from Claire in Ireland about the film:

“I’ve only just had time to sit down and watch it and I’m bowled over by it. It feels as if SPECAL could be the gateway into a secret garden where the client can find peace”

We’re still beavering away on the scripts for the on-line course and we’ll keep you posted!

Kate & Alistair

If you’d like a copy of our newly released 92 minute, six-part documentary film, ‘Finding a Way to Contented Dementia’ please follow this link where Contented Dementia Trust are now taking PayPal.


The cost is £14.00 including post and packing within the UK, currently available as PAL.

If you’re buying from overseas, do contact us for P&P costs, or if  you’re interested in an NTSC or SECAM version alistairbriggs@mac.com

We’ve already had some lovely comments from people who’ve purchased the film, including this one:

 “I’ve watched all the parts and it really is fabulous. Parts 4 and 5 are so enlightening and I felt afterwards like I wanted to show everyone that has ever had any contact with dementia.

Do let me know if there’s a time you are releasing it generally so I can tell everyone under the sun!”

H. Golding.

The money raised through sales of the film will pay for duplication and also go towards funding for our exciting new project – the on-line e-learning course we’re developing with Contented Dementia Trust to help bring the SPECAL method to all those who need it. We’re currently writing the first drafts and will make this new resource as comprehensive and user-friendly as possible.  Watch this space and I’ll keep you updated on progress… 🙂


Great to see so many people at the IPC-hosted launch! Lovely to see lots of familiar faces and some new ones too. We showed a 20 minute edit of the film during the evening and as always, the end makes me cry. And HOW many times have I seen it now?! Soft as a brush, that’s me.

Huge thank yous to everyone at IPC who have worked so hard for the charity: the help, the advice, the wonderful new website, the hours given up, all culminating in such a great evening – especially to Maggie, Neil and Andy and all those who arranged so many fund-raising events over the last year.

So, the film is now available to buy as a DVD, copies hot off the press on Monday ready for the official launch. If you’d like one, or know anyone that might be interested, the price is £12.50 for the full six part, 92 minute documentary.

It’s going to be sold via Contented Dementia Trust, but if you like to email either me: katesturgess1@mac.com or alistairbriggs@mac.com we’ll sort one out for you asap.

The reason there is a charge for the film is two-fold: to recoup duplication costs and also to help fund the next exciting project we’re working on with Contented Dementia Trust: an e-learning, interactive on-line course to teach the SPECAL method to anyone and everyone…. More details in the next post!

Kate x

We showed the film for the first time at the Ultimate Picture Palace on Sunday 🙂

Thank you to all those who came to watch; an emotional day for all I know but just so good to have everyone who was in the film together to support each other.

Now we just need to ‘get it out there’! Watch this space…

Kate & Alistair x

Hello all!

It's a wrap!

It’s been a pretty busy summer – we managed to get all the remaining shots and cutaways in the can and a short version of the film has already travelled with Penny to Ireland where it was well received.

As I type, Alistair is at Storm HD in London, who you may remember very kindly said they’d donate their online edit suite plus editor so we could do all the last minute polishing including colour balancing the whole film. I will be joining him on Friday to record the voice-over in Storm’s studio and then ’tis done and dusted.

Of course, there are lots more things we’d like to shoot and different versions of the film can be edited according to what’s needed but our main priority now is finding a venue to have a screening for all those who’ve helped us so much and who would like to come to see it… it needs to be easy to reach for everyone, be able to seat more than just a few and not be too expensive: ideas and suggestions on a postcard, please 🙂

Kate x


We can’t quite believe it! In the teeth of the worst recession everyone has been so, so generous and thanks to a top-up from SPECAL itself, we have our total. We’re seeing Penny next week so she can have the first look at our draft edit (to check we haven’t got any howlers in there!) before we finish it off at Storm . We owe so many thank yous to so many people – it sounds cliched to say we couldn’t have done it without you, but we really couldn’t and I hope that this film will help to spread the SPECAL message in order that the people who need its help the most will benefit. Just like me and my darling Dad.

Much love and grateful thanks from Kate, Alistair and Jim x

Thanks to the generosity of IPC staff, we have just returned from 3 days filming to gather shots of the places which were so influential in the lives of the subjects of our stories.

Thursday took us to Leeds, to Yorkshire Television where Tony used to work as a script writer for (among other things) Emmerdale. We also visited Esholt, which was one of the main locations for the show for 20 years, although we didn’t succumb to buying a Woolpack tea-towel…

Friday saw us heading in the opposite direction to Louise’s stamping ground of West London where she worked as a fine art restorer and then at the weekend, we headed West to the Welsh mining village of Cymer, where Betty was born before she moved to Porthcawl.

Someone was smiling on us, because we had smashing weather in all three locations and came back with some lovely shots…

Hope you all got to enjoy the sunshine too!

Kate x