Rob Burrow: my year with MND
  • Stuart Pollitt / BBC Breakfast

BBC Breakfast spent a year following rugby league player Rob Burrow after he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Rob is just 38 and had been given potentially a few years to live. Producer Claire Ryan and director Stuart Pollitt filmed with Rob, his family and teammates to make lots of different outputs. The centrepiece was a 9minute feature on BBC Breakfast. The shoot was made harder by lockdown rules as Rob is in the extremely vulnerable category so there were heavy restrictions on what could be done. The short film profiles a man determined to fight and win against a dreadful disease, as well as revealing the emotional journey his family and friends have been on. Using skilled visual techniques Rob is put front and centre of the feature despite the fact he has almost lost his voice. The feature has succeeded in raising the profile of MND and tens of thousands of pounds for MND research, it also sparked interest across the UK media.


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