Shed Your Tears and Walk Away

Shed Your Tears and Walk Away

First time filmmaker Jez Lewis returns to his idyllic home town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire to find out why so many of his childhood friends have killed themselves. Beginning as a personal quest for understanding, the film moves into a year-long drama of human tragedy and hope for change.--©Official Site 3.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Shed Your Tears and Walk Away

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Documentary
Director Jez Lewis
Cast Silly, Liam, Christian, Sy Cass
Studio Bungalow Town Productions
Release Date June 2010
Running Time 90 mins
 

First time filmmaker Jez Lewis returns to his idyllic home town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire to find out why so many of his childhood friends have killed themselves. Beginning as a personal quest for understanding, the film moves into a year-long drama of human tragedy and hope for change.--©Official Site

Reviews

The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

This is sobering, determined, marvellous filmmaking.

09/06/2010

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

...a passionate and sometimes despairing documentary ...

10/06/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

...disturbing, heartfelt documentary...

13/06/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

...affecting, deeply depressing documentary...

13/06/2010

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The Times

Wendy Ide

This is not the kind of documentary that maintains a journalistic distance. Lewis becomes painfully, inextricably involved in the fates of his childhood friends Cass and Silly.

11/06/2010

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

This is the sort of sympathetic yet not entirely forgiving film only a friend could make: Lewis wants answers but cares too much about his subjects to denigrate them with platitudes. The tragedy of Lewis’s sensitive and sensible film is that most of its subjects are as aware as us of the rut in which they are stuck.

10/06/2010

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

The film’s chief triumph, however, is to show that few of them are stupid, or unaware of their likely fate.

11/06/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

Shed Your Tears And Walk Away is one of the saddest films I’ve seen in a very long time.

10/06/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Lewis's film inspires a grim poignancy, though it comes tinged with a sense of bafflement and annoyance: Hebden Bridge itself is an attractive former mill town, not a sink estate, and many of the addicts on camera come from loving families who know of their problems.

11/06/2010

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