The upcoming movie "Breathe" revolves around the life of Robin Cavendish, who was restricted to bed after contracting polio when he was 28. He later became an influential advocate for the people with disabilities.
While "Breathe" is scheduled to open the BFI London Film Festival in October, its official trailer was rolled out on Thursday, June 29. Andy Serkis marks his directorial debut with this film that essentially centers on trials and tribulations of one of the United Kingdom's first disability advocates, Robin Cavendish, played by British-American actor Andrew Garfield.
Serkis is known for playing the role of Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” series and Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” series. The film is produced by Jonathan Cavendish, son of Robin and Diana Cavendish and Serkis’ business partner. Jonathan and Robin’s widow, Diana, worked as consultants. Serkis sister has multiple sclerosis.
Cavendish was a daring man until his adventurous life was shortened after he was struck down with Polio back in 1958. Paralyzed from the neck down, Cavendish could breathe only with the help of a respirator. In fact, he was told he didn't have more than a few months to live at the time.
With the help of Diana, his pregnant wife, Cavendish spared no effort to leave the hospital. Blazing a new trail, the duo was bent on raising their son while living their lives to the fullest.
With the help of British scientist and university professor, Edward Thomas Hall, a.k.a. Teddy Hall, Cavendish made the first wheelchair equipped with a slew of cutting-edge technology, such as a built-in respirator, in the bid to give other "responauts" both mobility and independence.
He became one of the first upholders for the rights of people with disabilities to reside in the society rather than living in institutions.
The recently rolled out trailer comprises a scene where Cavendish can be seen wheeled past series of patients in Iron Lungs wanting to know why they keep their disabled people in prison.
Cavendish and his wife traveled through the whole of Europe extensively and finally bumped into an accessible holiday complex situated on the South Coast of England, The Netley Waterside House, where people with disabilities could take some time out along with their families.
Cavendish passed away at the age of 64 in 1994. He was deemed as the longest-lived polio survivors in the U.K. (Image: Zero Media/YouTube)