Phil Beastall’s latest film highlights Britain’s elderly loneliness crisis

Phil Beastall, a filmmaker whose work portrays the emotional distress that affects us all – covering themes such as love, loss and bereavement – has released a moving new film ahead of Christmas. …

Now, Beastall has released a new short film to highlight the nation’s loneliness epidemic amongst older people.

It was created in support of The Silver Line, a free confidential helpline founded by Dame Esther Rantzen, which provides information, friendship and advice to elderly people, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Silver Line is one of three charities supported by this year’s Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal.

The new film, titled ‘The Anniversary’, which you can watch above, portrays a woman alone in her home, recalling an anniversary gift bought for her by her husband. As she sits at her desk, she removes a framed photograph of her husband and a photograph album dedicated to their wedding anniversaries.

At midnight, she lights a candle and then looks through the album, ending at a page headed “50th anniversary – renewing our vows”. She speaks only the words “happy anniversary, my darling”, staring at the empty page through her tears.

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