Genre: Drama
Running Time: 14:30
Year of production: 2016


Ari, a sophisticated and urbane Gay man, moves into a care home and encounters Beau, the beautiful, heterosexual, illiterate former thief who is now his Carer. Their unlikely meeting changes the future for both of them.


Production Company: Shine a Light Films- now -Christine Parker
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions


Ari : Peter Eyre
Beau : Barney Glover
Neville : Stephan Chase
Elena : Crystal Bennet
Shelley : Joanna McCloud
Care Home Manager : Sue Edwards
Dancing care worker : Bev Reardon
Young Ari : Tom Coulson
Young John : Ilir John
1970s Friends : Oana Ionescu – Valentin Ruskin
1970s Photographer : Rhys Davies


Director: Christine Parker
Screenwriter: Christine Parker
Producer: Anna Seifert-Speck, Wendy Bevan-Mogg
Director of Photography: Barry Squires
Sound: Phil Arnold
Editing: Rebecca Lloyd
Sound Editing: Susan Pennington
Music Composer: Simon Daniels


Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: LGBTQ
Language: English
Country of origin: UK
Year of production: 2016
Total running time: 14:30
Shooting format: 4K & 16mm
Color type: color
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Sound format: stereo


Humanitarian Award of Distinction 2016- Best
5 other awards from including excellence in screenwriting and viewer impact
Premio Labor 2017 – Festival Internazionale Immagine d’Autore
Iris Prize Best British Short film – Special Commendation and BAFTA longlist
Best Film – Rainbow film Festival
Audience Award Rainbow Film Festival


Palm Springs ISSF
Edmonton IFF
Iris Prize Festival
Festival Internazionale Immagine d’Autore


Christine Parker is a screenwriter, director, artist and researcher. She is an Associate Professor of Art Practice at the University of Derby, UK, where she is Programme Leader of the MA Writing for Performance, and supervising Post Graduate Research students in Arts.
Her short films and first feature Channelling Baby represented New Zealand in official competition at dozens of International Film Festivals. Her New Zealand films were nominated for fourteen awards, winning on several occasions. Since relocating to the UK in 2009 she has completed a Ph.D. and continues to make films and film art installations, including Quickening, which was exhibited at the Sichuan Institute of Fine Art and Pickford House Museum, Derby in October 2016 where it was the Museum’s most successful exhibition to date. In 2016 she made The Carer in the UK and in 2019 she co-produced feature film Mark’s diary with Italian film-maker Giovanni Coda which both garnered festival selections and honours around the world. Christine is currently researching a project about women’s lives in Mexico and developing a screenplay for a female-led action drama set there.

The Carer (2016)
The Carer is a short film commissioned for the Shine a Light series (funders: Derby QUAD and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation). Writer-director Christine Parker worked with members of Seen Ya Rights, a group of elderly LGBTQ activists, to explore how sexual identity can be retained with dignity into older age. They were also concerned that many films had negative outcomes for LGBTQ characters. The Carer sets out to create an alternative narrative with compassion and humour.
The Carer debuted at Palm Springs International Film Festival (2016). It won eight international awards, including an Award of Excellence, a Humanitarian Award of Distinction from US based Best Shorts Competition and the Premio Labor 2017 Award from Festival Internazionale Immagine d’Autore. Shortlisted for The Iris Prize Best British Short Film, winning a special commendation, it toured UK cinemas in ‘The Best of Iris’ in 2017. Long listed for BAFTA, the film has screened at festivals around the world from Oscar qualifying Edmonton ISFF to The Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival, where it won the Best Film and the Audience Award.

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