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When a cosmic entity suddenly appears in the sky one day, sending everyone on Earth ‘visions of the afterlife’ – Dee, a teenage girl, suffers a crisis of faith when she doesn’t receive any visions at all. As life begins to return to a new ‘normal’, Dee attempts to reconcile her complicated emotions with the world around her.

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Director’s Vision for ‘God in the Sky’

In 2016 I almost died twice in two weeks. Though if you ask me, it was more like three times. I was born with a rare bone disorder called McCune-Albright Syndrome that has left me with a very complicated medical history, and I use crutches and a wheelchair to get out and about. Early one evening, while walking on my crutches, I tripped and fell – breaking both of my arms in the process. Two and a half weeks into learning how to walk again in rehab, I developed a twisted bowel and underwent life-saving surgery, acquiring a life-threatening infection post-operation.

It was all a bit much.
I spent eleven weeks in hospital, unable to feed myself or even sit up right for most of this time. It was another six months before I would return to what I now consider my ‘normal’ life, and when I finally sat down to finish writing a script I started before my fall, I ended up pouring out all the feelings I went through during my convalescence into this fledgling script.

When I finished the first draft, I knew, even in that scraggly state, I had to make this film. I had written something that had captured my feelings of grief and confusion in the silence of suffering, but also the determination and hope that comes from accepting what is and what can be, yet I had done it without even meaning to. I remember telling a friend when I decided to make this – ‘It was as if I’d dreamt of a song, and had to play it for others who dreamt of it too’.

Thankfully, I experienced the opposite of what I’d gone through when I set out to make this film. What was one of the hardest things I’d even gone through (in a lifetime of challenging medical dramas already) helped people realize not only how personal this film was, but how important it was that I tell it. They knew how easily such a tale would connect with others who had been through similar hardships.
At least to me, that alone seemed worth it all.