Fulfilling his dream
Jonathan Brough, of Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire, was given an Award of Merit in the Best Shorts Film category of the St Albans Film Festival for his 16-minute film ‘Perseverance Beyond Doubt’.
The inspirational story tells of his own strength and determination to overcome life’s challenges, charting his journey after contracting meningitis and the subsequent triumphs and successes he has achieved. Jonathan said: “It was a privilege for my film to have been chosen for consideration let alone to win an award.
“I want my story to show how it’s not the disability that defines you but who you are and the way you approach life. My films are a message of positivity and hope which proves how disability doesn’t have to be limited by what we think we can or cannot do.”
Jonathan, now 27, was in Canada training to be a ski instructor when he was diagnosed with meningitis. Subsequent complications left him paralysed from the neck down.
But despite his disability, and the fact he requires round the clock care, he fulfilled his dream of pursuing his studies and last year achieved a first in BA (hons) Media Arts at Plymouth University.
A second film, Keep Fighting (Meningitis & Me), won an Award of Merit in the 2014 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival.
The awards aim to recognise film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.