Pick Up

Pick Up

Erin Brown

The values expressed in Pick Up cover a broad spectrum spread across humanity, kindness, tradition and security. I had become familiar with the work of the volunteer drivers at Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust a few years ago when a family member decided to volunteer, and I sat in on one of the journeys. What struck me immediately was the normality of the conversation between the patient and the driver. Despite the intensely physical and emotionally draining experience of cancer treatment these people were somehow able to get into a vehicle and have a menial, and often humorous, conversation with a stranger. It was thus imperative that I document this endearing sense of humility within my film. My focus, however, naturally began to shift away from the patient and the illness itself to the drivers and the time they selflessly dedicate to these vulnerable people. I was primarily interested in how, what the drivers themselves think of as, only a duty or a service could actually provide another person with a great sense of security and respite amidst their time of turmoil. Each day the passenger in the back-seat changes and new stories are told, some make full recoveries and others, sadly, do not; but regardless, the consistently cheerful and upbeat demeanour of the driver stays the same and this, to me, is truly admirable.

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