54 Years Late – The Terry Wright Story – By Michele Wise Wright – Short Film Review

54 Years Late tells the real struggle of Terry Wright’s 54-year span of living with undiagnosed Cystic Fibrosis and his attempts with his wife Michele to uncover the diagnosis for his illness. 

54 Years Late – The Terry White Story - By Michele Wise Wright

The film takes place between several key points in Terry’s life. The narrative opens with young Terry (Judah Ivory) being unable to sleep and cared for by his mother (Davaga Ivory). The switches in narrative to key points are effective and are grounded in the present day with Terry and Michele Wright (playing themselves) looking back over the years at the journey they have both come through to get to the point of diagnosis. 

54 Years Late – The Terry White Story - By Michele Wise Wright

The story is heart-wrenching as you remember that this all actually happened, and the racial undertones of being mis-diagnosed and told that if he were a “white man”, he would’ve been diagnosed so much sooner show how far the American healthcare system needs to go to accommodate African American care. 

54 Years Late – The Terry White Story - By Michele Wise Wright

The film encompasses 4 different points in Terry’s life, with clear cut editing (David Weekley) who manages to tie the narrative all together and then bring back key moments from this narrative at the end to highlight the exact scale of time Terry suffered for. 

it is tragic to think that even finding his wife, as he adorably calls her, Butterbean, was impacted by this disease. It takes courage to tell a story that is personal, and you can really tell the strength of Terry and Michele’s relationship, with Michele being the director and writer. 

54 Years Late – The Terry White Story - By Michele Wise Wright

There are parts of the film where the locations were limited, however the cast and crew make the best out of what they have available. 

Perhaps the most effective part of storytelling comes after the dramatic narrative, with Terry talking to the camera to tell his story accompanied with pictures and videos of his actual life as he undergoes several treatments whilst. If the key points of the dramatic narrative highlight the length of time that Terry has been living this way, the pictures from Terry’s actual life really drive home that this is someone who has been living in pain for over half a century.

54 Years Late – The Terry White Story - By Michele Wise Wright

Music plays an important part of the film, accenting various plot points with an emotional undercurrent. Shawna Linzy (Music supervisor) knew exactly what mood to go for with the song choices, and they help drive the narrative forward. 

The message is one of hope, the film clear cut purpose to spread awareness about African American Cystic Fibrosis. 

We very much look forward to seeing where Michele Wise Wright goes next!


"54 YEARS LATE"BY MICHELE WISE WRIGHT


3.7

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