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MIPTV Picks 2012: Charlotte – A Life Without Limbs

Charlotte Cleverly-Bisman is New Zealand's youngest quadruple amputee, the result of contracting meningococcal septicemia at the age of six months. This special follows her as she and her family embark on new challenges.
March 24, 2012

Charlotte Cleverly-Bisman is New Zealand’s youngest quadruple amputee, the result of contracting meningococcal septicemia at the age of six months. Production company Greenstone TV documented her story then in the 2005 film Baby Charlotte. With this special, originally produced for TV3′s ‘Inside New Zealand,’ Greenstone checks back in with Charlotte and her family, as she embarks upon new challenges, such as learning to use prosthetic limbs and traveling to the U.S. to visit Camp No Limits, a summer camp for children with limb loss. At turns inspirational and heart-rending, Charlotte’s story is ultimately one of strength of spirit, as seen in her family and of course, in Charlotte herself.

Partners: Greenstone TV for TV3 and NZ On Air, distributed by Beyond Distribution

Aired: October, 2009 (TV3)

Length: 1 x 60 minutes

Rights available: All rights excluding Australia and New Zealand

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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