12:00PM, Wednesday 09 January 2013
A brave teenager inspired by his father's suicide has written a film to help others cope with losing loved ones.
Aaron Ellis said he hopes the production, My Time to Go, will help families affected by suicide 'find closure'.
"When my father died I often questioned whether there was something more I could have done to stop him and I started to blame myself," said the 18-year-old.
"It was difficult talking to people about what had happened. I wrote this film to give people like me somewhere to turn to and more so to provide those contemplating suicide with a source that will ultimately change their views on seeing suicide as option."
The former Burnham Upper School pupil lost his father, Daniel Mulhall, when he was 10-years-old.
His family were hit by tragedy again in 2008 when 15-year-old Paige Frost, a close friend of his sister Jade, also took her own life after struggling to deal with the death of her mother.
Hollywood actor Ed Sanders, who starred alongside Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd, has already offered to play the lead role in the short film, which follows the story of an 18-year-old who is contemplating ending his life.
Aaron, who founded his own production company 17th Southern Pictures Ltd after leaving school last year, has already written the short film and plans to produce and direct it himself.
The talented teenager, who lives with two of his three sisters and his mum in Sandringham Court, is already part way through producing another film at the Empire Cinema in Slough.
He is now appealing for help to raise £5,000 to fund his latest venture, which will be dedicated to his dad and Paige.
He added: "'This film is very personal to me as I took the most negative thing in my life and am using it to help others.
"If it can help just one person then it will be a success."
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.indiegogo.com/mytimetogofilm for details.
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