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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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