The film starts ‘… I think I’m frightened really of the unknown nature of what lies ahead.’ The Humility of Taking Notice is a film about the depths of a journey into cancer, and faith.

‘… it’s almost like I’m some kind of Doubting Thomas and there’s a force there that’s trying to show me the way. It’s very powerful. It’s extremely powerful. It’s saying do not be afraid.’

Maybe life shakes us all, until we take notice of what it’s trying to tell us. And maybe we ignore it until we can’t anymore. Until the shaking becomes too strong, and life faces us in no uncertain terms with its forbearing demand.

The experience of falling to one’s knees can change everything. After spending time with Lee it was obvious that his experience of life had changed him profoundly. I remember well the haunting day spent with a man who had been brought to his knees, to end up seeing the simplicity of life with such clarity. Perhaps life is seen with more clarity from one’s knees.

Of course, this might even be your story in at least some respect. Past, present or future. If so, Lee might be the very echo of your soul offering up a personal warning.

On a different note, the film includes the very first guitar track I ever recorded. Ever. And since that day, I have recorded nearly every subsequent film track. The film was made in my first year of making films.


‘On the Edge of Life and Death’

Alison Woods in 'In the Life of Another'

Alison Woods in ‘In the Life of Another’

Simon Western in 'Don't Turn Away'

Simon Western in ‘Don’t Turn Away’