Sophie Schulz died in terrible circumstances but her parents have created a documentary to honour her memory and help others.
On June 17, 2009, 18-month old Sophie Schulz died instantly when she was caught in a massage table’s hydraulic mechanism . Remembering Sophie is a documentary that has been made in her memory and to help people understand more about grief. “Grief is an individual journey,” says Sophie’s mother Justine. “You can get help for sure, and ask for advice, but ultimately, it’s your journey.”
Remembering Sophie is about that journey. The documentary follows Justine and Brendon Schulz as they cope with the loss of their beloved daughter. Dealing with the death of a child is difficult enough, but the media attention that resulted from Sophie’s accident was an additional burden. Turning that attention to their advantage, Brendon and Justine hope Sophie’s story also proves a catalyst for change and safety awareness.
The purpose of this film is to build awareness and to start a conversation about grief and how we can all help those we know who are going through it. This film is for anyone who has lost a loved one, or anyone who knows someone who has lost a loved one and didn’t know what to say or do.
Producer and Director Kath McIntyre said “I wanted to make a film that normalises grief and shows that you can survive. The courage of the family in this film will inspire and help anyone who has lost a loved one. Beyond that, it aims to shine a light on the effects of workplace accidents – they don’t just happen to workers – and the lasting legacy they can have….”
Released to coincide with Red Nose Day on Friday 26th June, SIDS and Kids Australia CEO Associate Professor Leanne Raven says there are still too many Australians who go through the heartbreak of losing a baby or child;
“Since 1988, we have helped thousands of Australians through the unimaginable grief of the death of a baby or child. For every one baby or child that dies, more than 60 people may be impacted and require counselling and support,” Associate Professor Raven said.
Remembering Sophie is available on the New Twist Films website newtwistfilms.com.au and is supported on demand by Spondo.
You can view the trailer to the film here: https://youtu.be/5MxcZg_X4KI