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Shed Your Tears and Walk Away (2010)

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Filmmaker Jez Lewis grew up in the small town of Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. Hebden Bridge has a reputation as a home to artists and a popular destination for tourists with a bohemian outlook, but Lewis sensed there was another side to his old home town after making repeated trips back to attend funerals. As Lewis got in touch with his old friend Cass to ask questions about life in Hebden Bridge, he learned a startling lesson about life among the town's full-time residents. Drug and alcohol abuse is rampant there, with Cass an apt and tragic example -- his doctor has said he has two years to live if he can't quit drinking, but he still spends his days with fellow alcoholics drinking beer in the park. One resident calls Hebden Bridge "a drug town with a tourist problem," and though those with the strength and the means move away (like Lewis), those left sink even deeper into depression, and some who can no longer numb their pain and emptiness turn to suicide. Lewis explores the tragedy of Hebden Bridge and paints a somber but compassionate portrait of the people who live there in the documentary Shed Your Tears And Walk Away, which received its world premiere at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.

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The obliteration of distance between filmmaker and those being filmed carries over into the viewer's experience, an intimacy so raw and visceral you can practically smell the alcohol on his subjects' breath.

April 6, 2017 | Full Review…

The director's real concern for Cass makes this film a compelling, heartfelt document.

June 10, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While rough and ready, this is a documentary that makes us come to care very deeply for these lost souls, even if you suspect all they need to do is move down to Foster's.

June 10, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Shed Your Tears and Walk Away is brave, honest, open-hearted filmmaking at its very best.

June 10, 2010 | Rating: 5/5

This is sobering, determined, marvellous filmmaking.

June 9, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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