IMAGINE – Short Film (2015) ( Niemann-Pick Type C )

Directed & Produced by Carl Mason. Screenplay by John F. McDonald. Cinematography by Jack Shelbourn.

For more information about Niemann-Pick Type C please visit Niemann-Pick UK, INPDA ( & Hope For Hollie Foundation (, who all made this project possible!

“IMAGINE” follows the story of Millie, a little girl who dreams of being a dancer, yet suffers from Niemann Pick Type C; an extremely rare, incurable disease which causes neurological decline and dementia. Only 800 people around the world suffer from this, the majority of whom are innocent children who were born with this horrible genetic condition.


First, Carl Mason learnt that his nine year old neighbour suffers from Niemann Pick Type C, then he raised £6000 to produce a full-scale short film to help increase awareness of the extremely rare disease. The young film-maker secured collaborative support from over 20 television and film professionals to create a film that could aid fundraising efforts and also raise medical awareness of NP-C.

The screenplay was written by John F. McDonald, a multi-award winning screenwriter, with the careful guidance of NP-C charity Hope for Hollie, Niemann Pick UK, INPDA and Great Ormond Street Hospital. What is also particularly impressive is that this teenager secured a production team including camera, audio, editing, costume and make-up professionals who all work full-time in the film industry with diverse experience ranging from ITV’s Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Channel 4 Drama, BBC Worldwide and more. Carl said “Working with such a seasoned team has made my directing début particularly special. I very much hope that the film will inspire donations to the charities involved and increase awareness of this horrible disease within both the medical profession and public alike. Obviously it has been an extremely enjoyable project to work on, but the fact is, this is a fatal disease that barely anyone has ever heard of and I wanted to change that.”

For further information and photos please contact Rachael Dines, PR Consultant for IMAGINE on 07787 127624 or [email protected]

Maisy Nixon
Claire Whitelock
Dan Burman
Tim Dalgleish
Holly Hall
Ana Diego

Director & Producer: Carl Mason
Screenplay: John F. McDonald
Director Of Photography: Jack Shelbourn
Composer: Barbara De Biasi
Editor & Colourist: Luke Wheldon
1st A.D: Lewis Thompson
Casting: Jemma Goodridge
1st A.C: Jaime McInerney
Sound Recordists: Mark Andrews & Richard Thomas
Boom Operator: Jonathan White
Production Designer: Rosy Thomas
Costume Designer: Helena Trebar
Make Up Artist: Isabella Larter
Clapper Loaders: Simon Cade & Israel Ajakaiye
Unit Stills: Ben Gregory-Ring
Choreographer: Sophie Watts
Post-Production Sound: Aravind Sundar
Graphic Design: Robert Hotchkiss
Marketing: Rachael Dines

Recorded at New Money Recording Studios.
Voiceover Engineer: Leon Davis
On Behalf Of New Money Entertainment Ltd.
Additional Recording Mix: Pete Normanton
On Behalf Of Pennyland Music.

Story Advisors:
Helen Carter
Toni Mathieson
Jackie Imrie
Jim Green
Paul Gissen

For Press/Media Enquiries:
[email protected]