“Starfish” tells the story of a couple whose love is tested to its limit after their perfect life falls apart in a single moment.
If ever a film was a tough watch, it is Starfish: based on the true story of Tom Ray, a man from Rutland in the East Midlands who in 1999 had to have his arms and legs amputated and part of his face removed after contracting a rare form of septicaemia. He and his wife Nicola lived through the ordeal with great courage. One comes away from the film with real respect for the raw honesty of the performances: Joanne Froggatt is Nicola and Tom Riley is Ray.
The film goes on (limited) general release on Friday, 28th October, and is well worth seeing. The hope is that it will raise a lot of money for www.sepsis.org, which is designed to offer support, and to provide awareness of the symptoms to the public and medical community, because speedy treatment can mean a full recovery with no lasting damage in many situations. Currently, in the UK, it results in more deaths per annum than road deaths and several of the major forms of cancer combined (roughly 44,000 deaths).
None of this makes it an easy film to watch, but it has moments of humour, tenderness and joy and hope for the future, and is really beautifully made so do go along and boost the audiences. For us Rutlanders, it makes us proud of where we live and the family are just amazing!