A condensed version of A Journey Through Broken Dreams
Most of us grow up assuming our life will take a certain path. We’ll go to school, find a job, get married, buy a house, start a family. Quite often though, things don’t go as planned. That was our story. And now the Day of Discovery team have turned that story into a short film.
In A Journey Through Broken Dreams Merryn and I speak candidly about our decade trying to start a family without success, how that effected our faith and our identities, how we stayed together, and the surprising lessons learnt along the way. Beyond the single issue of infertility, the film gives a glimpse of how you can start again after any broken dream.
Watch the Film
The full film is 28 minutes, plus features. Here are some options to watch:
- Watch the condensed version above (7 minutes)
- Watch the full 28 minute version
- Buy the DVD (Amazon link). Includes over an hour of bonus features
- Get the book
Here are some short clips, then I’ll share our personal feelings on the film.
Our Feelings on the Film
If you only knew all that went into getting this film produced. The fun and stress and tears. The hours of beautiful footage that haven’t made it into the final cut. I’ve already shared some of what happened behind the scenes on the 4-day shoot, and a little about the film’s launch. Given the subject matter, filming days were long and intense, and were preceded by some stress. How would our story be treated? Would it be turned into some sappy, syrupy sob story with a rainbow at the end? At one stage I joked to Merryn, ‘If they put violin music in the background, the contract is off.’
Many of our fears were set aside when the Day of Discovery team arrived in Oxford. We quickly realised with Tim, Tyler, Leah and Julie we were in good hands: professional hands that were capturing some beautiful footage; hands that would treat our story truthfully without trying to tie it all up with some faux happy ending, but still show the surprising hope that’s found in it.
But still. We wouldn’t rest until we saw the final edit.
Tim sent us the finished film a few weeks ago. Merryn and I held our breath as we sat down on the couch and hit Play. And at the end we looked at each other and said…
‘Well, that was quite… powerful.’
A complete list of thanks is in the film’s credits, but a personal thank you to Day of Discovery’s production team Tim Jackson, Tyler Jackson, Leah Buchanan and Julie Richardson; to RBC Ministries’ launch team who looked after the Grand Rapids premiere; to the various networks in the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia that will air the film; and to Adam, Hannah and Ellie Walton, Liz Russo, Daniel Kirk, and Amanda and Tristan Berlan who star so well in the film. And thank you to my wife Merryn, for whom this was a difficult experience that is already producing much hope in viewers.