Starring Juliet Stevenson, Jodhi May, Lucy Boynton and Karin Bertling, the screenplay, Let Me Go, is based on the true-life story of Helga Schneider who was abandoned by her mother in 1941 when she was only four years old. The film is set in the year 2000, following not only Helga and her mother’s journeys but the next two generations and how they suffer from the trauma created over 70 years ago.
‘LET ME GO’ is a film about mothers and daughters, about transgenerational family relationships, about ghosts from the past and the impact they leave on the present. It is a film about letting go of your past wounds and acknowledging how many generations it takes before the scars of trauma start to heal.
From March to September 2015 we raised the film’s budget and through social media and events we began to form a community to discuss and engage with the issues that arise from the themes of Let Me Go. Transgenerational trauma is the root-cause of so many of our current world problems; starting a conversation about it is the first step required to do something about it.
HELGA - Juliet Stevenson
Helga Schneider is played by BAFTA nominated Juliet Stevenson CBE. Film: Departure, Bend It Like Beckham, Truly Madly Deeply.
TV: The Enfield Haunting, The Village.
BETH - Jodhi May
Film: A Quiet Passion, Last of the Mohicans, The Other Boleyn Girl. TV: Game of Thrones.
EMILY - Lucy Boynton
Film: Murder on the Orient Express, Sing Street, Ballet Shoes. TV: Gypsy, Life in Squares.
TRAUDI - Karin Bertling
TV: The Bridge, Wallander.
SERGE - Stanley Weber
Serge is played by Stanley Weber. Film: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, Not Another Happy Ending TV: Outlander, Borgia.
EVA - Eva Magyar
Theatre: Hedda Gabler, From Morning to Midnight, Tristan and Yseult. Film: Headhunter, Dark Woods 2, Daniel, Monte Carlo, X-Men: First Class.
POLLY STEELE - DIRECTOR/WRITER
(‘Lena: The Bride of Ice’; ‘Women Talking Dirty’)
Polly is an award-winning, UK-based, independent film-maker, renowned for her ability to tell the most sensitive stories. Documentary work has included BAFTA nominated Tantrums & Tiaras, the inside story of Elton John’s life (ITV), Kofi Annan, The Eye of the Storm (BBC), Ewan McGregor, A Scot in the Arctic, and Grierson-nominated The World’s Youngest Surgeon.
Most recently (Jan 2015) she shot and directed Rich, Russian and Living in London for BBC 2. She was a co-founder of Elton John’s Rocket Pictures with David Furnish, developing and producing films together for 5 years. In 2010 Polly was commissioned by George Films to write an original screenplay and, as a visual artist, May 2012 saw a major exhibition of Polly’s video portraits commissioned for the opening of London’s newest Mint hotel. Her subjects included Tony Benn, Jason Isaacs and star of The Wire, Michael K Williams.
PHILIP SELWAY - ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSER
We are honoured to have world-renowned drummer, solo singer and songwriter Philip Selway from RADIOHEAD, as Soundtrack Composer for Let Me Go. Philip has also jointly composed music for a Merce Cunningham Event for Rambert Dance Company. In addition to recording and touring with Radiohead, he has released two solo albums and has worked with the Samaritans since 1991.
DAVID BRODER - PRODUCER
David has worked as a Location Manager and Production Manager on large budget features for many years including ‘The King’s Speech’, The Imitation Game’ and ‘Eastern Promises’. He has just finished Spielberg’s ‘BFG’ as the ‘Unit Production Manager’ and most importantly for us Production and Location managed ‘Woman in Gold’ starring Helen Mirren which was shot entirely in Vienna and London in 2014.
LIZZIE PICKERING - PRODUCER (In Trust Films)
Ex-Channel 4 (Channel 4 Daily News/Big Breakfast).
Following the death of her eldest son Harry, Lizzie became a founding member of the fundraising team at Helen & Douglas House, helping to raise £5 million a year for Hospice care for children and young adults.
For 12 years Lizzie produced fundraising events and supported the Major Donor and Corporate teams too. During those years she co-produced a yearly comedy show, Childish Things, featuring among others Michael McIntyre, Miranda Hart, Hugh Laurie, Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr, Rowan Atkinson, the cast of QI, Radiohead, Jamie Cullum, Rob Brydon and many more.
RUPERT LABRUM - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Rupert retired from investment banking after a successful 25 year career. He was involved in the Treasury and funding operations of international banks, fund managers and building societies. He also ran a proprietary trading desk in the sterling derivatives market at Deutsche bank. Rupert has spent the last 2 years as a seed investor for many small UK start-up companies. He lists skiing, sailing and playing bad golf as some of his many interests.
GEORGES TSITOS - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Georges joined the Let Me Go team in Nov 2014 as one of the founder members of In Trust Films. He has a successful track rdeveloping European companies into successful and healthy businesses, and as a motorbike racer he can regularly be found reaching speeds of 300km/hr. This combination of courage and control has been invaluable to our Let Me Go team.