Finley’s Journey

Storytelling is a difficult, complicated and often emotional process to go through. None more so than the film I made in 2018 for the Children’s Hospice South West 

At Autumn Films we believe that the best stories told are those of single persons perspective of a series of events. We call this person the heart of the story and it’s the development of this persons character that enables and supports a compelling film. We spend a lot of time in pre production on developing the story and really understanding the heart of our story. One of the key components to any storytelling process is expressing the desire the heart of the story has.

Meaning of Desire


A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.


Strongly wish for or want (something).

In this story about Finley, the heart of our story is his mum Louise. As hard as it is Louise’s desire was to have Finley looked after at the Hospice once he passes. The overwhelming desire of Louise, really clarifies the trust she has in the hospice and how safe she and the rest of the family feels when there. It is of course a very tough watch, but we felt that these kind of stories need to be told. As human beings we rightly or wrongly like to shield ourselves from painful subjects and we completely understand that.

However how can you not want to know about the amazing work so many people do on a day to day basis? Our desire for making this film was simply to get audiences to relate or just simply emphasise with Louise and understand the amazing work the Children’s Hospice South West does on a daily basis. The CHSW isn’t government funded therefore to keep all three hospices active, they have to accumulate somewhere around £10, million each year. If our little film about Finley’s Journey helps in someway raise the awareness of the hospice, then our work is done.

One of the things that struck us at Autumn Films  was how lovely and friendly the hospice is. It’s not a scary place at all, in fact it’s probably one of the most positive places we’ve had the privilege to film in. If you are moved by Finley’s Film and feel compelled to donate to the CHSW then you can do so by using this link We know your kind donation will go a long way to improving the lives of those who have limited time.