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I'm Not Dead Yet

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5 years ago, film maker Elizabeth Stopford decided she wanted to document an extraordinary story that was unravelling within her own family.

As her outspoken and elderly grandmother Ruth clings to her gothic house as a symbol of status and position, dark memories of the family's early life in the house begin to surface. As tensions escalate over plans to hand ownership of the house over to one of her twin daughters, Ruth flees the country to France, to the home of her other daughter. However her journey shatters open a hidden world of painful secrets within the family's past. As everyone converges on the house the pain of the past and the resentment of the present forces the entire family to confront the legacy of 30 years of family trauma.

Taking the form of a parallel narrative, I'm Not Dead Yet draws on 20 years of archive film of the twins growing up within the family home. The past unravels in the present as each character is faced with confronting the secrets and the divisions within the family to this day.

I'm Not Dead Yet is a unique and personal film about the inheritance of a house, and one family's unspoken and unresolved past.


Type of film
Running Time
69 mins
Elizabeth Stopford
John Battsek
John Battsek
Ken Flanagan
Ken Flanagan


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Last updated 11th December 2008