Set in a fictional Liverpool care home, Help explores the relationship between care home worker Sarah (Jodie Comer) and Tony (Stephen Graham), a patient with Young Onset Alzheimer’s, whose lives are changed forever by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020.
As COVID throws everything Sarah has achieved and everything she believed in into disarray, she goes to extraordinary lengths to protect Tony and others in her care.
Help was first announced in November 2020, with Graham describing the drama as “a profoundly importance piece of social realism.”
CWC CEO Karolina Gerlich said that the film captured the apocalyptic nature of the experience endured by those who worked in the social care sector during the pandemic, while illustrating the importance of relationships in social care work. She said: “We cannot praise ‘Help’ enough for the way it accurately portrayed the feelings of despair and abandonment felt by those who work in the sector.
“Further, ‘Help’ reminds us of the complete lack of guidance and support that was given to social care workers; abandoned by the Government, they faced these horrendous challenges on their own.”
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