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MIPCOM Picks 2010: Hayley, the 96-Year-Old Schoolgirl

Hayley Okines is a young girl suffering from progeria, which causes symptoms of old age in children. Filmmaker James Routh has followed her story for close to ten years, and this latest installment of her saga finds her at 13, about to start secondary school and finding hope in a series of drug trials that are showing encouraging results.
September 29, 2010


Hayley Okines is a young girl suffering from progeria, which causes symptoms of old age in children. It’s an extremely rare condition, affecting one in eight million, and until recently there was little hope for those afflicted to live past the age of 13.
Filmmaker James Routh has followed her story for close to ten years, and this latest installment of her saga finds her at 13, about to start secondary school and finding hope in a series of drug trials that are showing encouraging results. This film, the third in Routh’s series, follows Hayley and her family for a three-year period, starting in 2007 when she began the treatment, and charting her resilience in the face of seemingly unbeatable odds.
Partners: Rabbit Productions (UK), distributed by All3Media (London)
Length: 60 minutes
Aired: June 2010 (Five, UK)
Rights available: Home entertainment, interactive, licensing, mobile, non-theatrical

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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