My Lymphoedema - A Child's View

Lymphoedema is a condition that doesn’t get talked about much. Swelling, characteristic of lymphoedema, can affect any part of the body but usually develops in the arms or legs and can be hard to deal with – even for adults. Children of all ages can develop lymphoedema although it is less common and it can be hard for them too. This short film helps other children and young people to understand that being different doesn’t mean that you can’t be proud of who you are. 6 year old Ffion Haf is keen to remind us that she also likes jumping and going in the park; 10 year old Macsen shares tips for persuading reluctant children to wear compression garments and 12 year old Jenna shares some advice to ignore bullies and seek the support of friends. The delightful graphic illustration created by in Bristol captures the personality and emotions of these young people as they speak from the heart about their worries and observations about their lives.

  • Kimberley Littlemore
    Domestic and international documentaries on science, health, lifestyle and the environment during 20 years at the BBC. Factual shorts and full-length documentaries on international development issues to raise awareness and funds for the British charity Comic Relief. Educative short films on all aspects of health for the NHS in the UK and for large health charities.
  • Kimberley Littlemore
  • Kimberley Littlemore
  • Ffion Haf, Macsen and Jenna
    Key Cast
  • in Bristol
    Graphic illustration
  • Chris Hall
    Film editor
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    High Definition
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Distribution Information
  • eHealth Digital Media Ltd and International Lymphoedema Framework
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Kimberley Littlemore

Kimberley Littlemore is a fellow of Swansea University Medical School and an award-winning former BBC filmmaker. At the BBC Kimberley oversaw the creation of documentary content on international development issues to raise funds for the developing world via the British charity Comic Relief. One of these fundraising films raised £5 million in 5 minutes – regarded by Comic Relief as the most successful fundraiser ever broadcast in the UK. As Creative Director Kimberley is responsible for producing high quality film content, working with highly experienced crews and graphic animators. Her strong academic background (MA, Oxford University, Dip Journ) helps her combine complex theoretical content and visual flair.

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Director Statement

My ambition is to democratise access to healthcare information globally.