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When I Was a T-Rex: A Film For Future Me

Lucy Evans' personality changed overnight. No-one knew it was encephalitis. She faced months of delusions & psychosis before the shocking truth emerged.

Lucy Evans' personality changed overnight. No-one knew it was encephalitis. She faced months of delusions & psychosis before the shocking truth emerged.

It’s a story no one else can forget, but Lucy can’t remember. To everyone watching she was a different person, she became extremely loud, singing, manically colouring in until her hands bled, and saying she was a dinosaur. There was a lot of confusion over what was happening, hallucinations, delusions and a lack of inhibition marked an extreme period of Lucy’s life.

What would you do if a friend changed personality overnight? What could be causing it? Since getting the diagnosis Lucy is determined to ensure other people get the right diagnosis too. Though the disease is treatable, brain injuries leave a complex legacy, and Lucy struggles with significant memory issues. She is making a film for her future self to tell her story and capture her positive view on life. She has emerged from this terrifying period with inspiring attitude and incredible determination to make sure everyone knows about this disease.

Release date:

10 months left to watch

24 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Thom Hoffman
Presenter Lucy Evans
Producer / Sound Victoria Ferran
Animator Ali P Clarke
Editor Thom Hoffman
Camera Operator Alex Stone
Camera Operator Geoff Marsh
Sound Editor Peregrine Andrews
Production Company Just Radio Ltd
Executive Producer Susan Marling
Executive Producer for BBC Stuart Bradfield
Special thanks The Encephalitis Society