The Film & Television Charity has helped Mike Ogden get back on his feet, after he spent time caring for his parents and partner with terminal illness.
Mike was a camera operator with a parallel career as an award-winning short film maker, and ran a small production company in Manchester, developing scripts. When family members developed cancer within a short space of time, things became very difficult so Mike stepped out of the industry to become a full-time carer.
As he tried to return to work a few years later, he was having difficulties making ends meet. “I found myself at a bit of low ebb really,” he explains. “I’d had a very hard time and was now faced with starting again.”
The Film & Television Charity’s support has enabled him to develop a new film project and he is now looking for financing. “My partner always encouraged me to continue screenwriting and film-making. She knew it helped keep me from worse places and get me through. My new film comes out of this experience.”