“The Wayback” is a 360 virtual reality film that recreates the Queens Coronation street party and was made for those living with dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s. The team behind the project are a group of friends from Grey London and Thomas Thomas who have been affected by Alzheimer’s in their families.
Written and directed by Kevin Thomas “The Wayback” is a powerful Reminiscence therapy tool to start conversations with loved ones again and the emotional benefits are recognised by carers worldwide. The person living with dementia is given a sense of self and of being valued, even for a few minutes, and reconnects with their loved ones.
Countries from all over the world have approached us, asking for memory films for their cultures and we are currently looking for funding to enable us to make more memory films.
We have been selected as a finalist in the Essex Challenge Dementia Prize and the judging panel felt that “The Wayback” has the potential to change the lives of people living with dementia.
Episode one was crowd funded on Kickstarter and received 77 pieces of media coverage, including Sky News, The Guardian, Reuters, ITV News, the New York Post and the Telegraph. The Wayback had 7.82 estimated coverage views and 116k shares on social media.
Developing the project, the team consulted with care professionals and Dr David Sheard, a leading expert in dementia care and reminiscence methods.
He said: ‘The Wayback virtual reality film offers those living with dementia the opportunity to live in the moment, to go back in time and to just ' BE ' again. People don't just remember their past memories they feel the emotions that went with them. The Wayback enable families to see the person is not lost to dementia but able to still experience and feel being who they were – and share those memories with them’.
The story so far can be viewed here;
The experience can be viewed here;
Stills on set and sharing the experience with residents at Langham Court;
Creative Team: Dan Cole, Andy Garnett, Howard Green
Writer & Director: Kevin Thomas
Production Company: Thomas Thomas Films
Executive Producer: Emma Fasson
Executive Producer: Trent Simpson
Executive Producer: Philippa Thomas
VFX – Executive Producer: Dafydd Upsdell
Edit: The Quarry
Editor: Jim Robinson
Strategy: Elisa Chami-Castaldi
Website: John-Patrick Racle, Richard Hau
App Development: Perry Nightingale
Production Manager: Matt Bulaitis
DOP: Bob Pender-Hughes
Production Designer: Ashling Johnson
Costume Designer: Lorraine Kinman
Hair & Make Up Designer: Freddie Stopler
Casting Director: Belinda Norcliffe Casting
VR: M7 Virtual