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Documentary 1.0

It was nine months last week since Jared passed away.

Nine months.

The length of a full term pregnancy.

Half of Elise’s short life.

Nine months of grieving in which life seems on one hand to have frozen still and on the other to have continued at a frenetic pace. Elise is running, climbing, learning new words every day. She is most at home stomping around the garden in her gumboots, chasing balls and bubbles, chattering away to herself. She has the charm of her father, the frown of her mother and attention to detail that exceeds either of her parents – no stray sequin or imperfection in the wooden floor goes un-inspected.

Jared was a great story teller but in many ways, in October 2013, it was Elise’s story that captured the hearts of thousands around the world and the interest of the team at Creation Films. They approached us at that time keen to tell the story of Elise (or baby Noel as she was known then) and subsequently spent many hours with us, documenting the journey of Jared coming to meet his little girl.

The result is “Waiting for Baby Noel”, a 47 minute documentary capturing that precious and nervous time in our lives when we were uncertain whether Jared would survive long enough to meet Elise. It is a story told mainly from Jared’s perspective but also involving quite a few others who were central to our story at the time. It is a wonderful legacy for Elise but also a tribute to the heartfelt global generosity that we were blessed with, enabling Jared to embark on the treatment that would eventually give him the precious months he had with his little girl.

The documentary will premiere on Thursday August 20th at the Capitol Cinema, 610 Dominion Road, Auckland. Screening times are as follows:

Thursday 20th August at 7pm 

Thursday 20th August at 8.30pm

Sunday 23rd August at 7.30pm

It will later be available online  – details to follow – for those outside of Auckland or unable to attend. The cost of the tickets has been kept to a minimum; it covers the hire of the venue and helps Creation Films recoup some of their production costs.

You can view the trailer for the documentary and purchase tickets via the link below


Much love

Hannah and Elise

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  1. Maree
    July 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you Hannah and Elise, Jared has left a wonderful legacy and we can all learn from Jared’s example. Will be sharing this info with our home-group and others. Thinking of you both I know this has been a really difficult time for you to say the least. You are in our prayers, much love, Maree xx

  2. Karen Shaw
    July 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you Hannah for this wonderful post. I often think about Jared, Elise and yourself. As an oncology nurse I loved the fact that every time I met Jared he pushed the boundaries and made me think about things in a different way. He taught me many things about being an oncology nurse and also who I wanted to be as a person. Much love to you both and all your family. Please give Jared’s mum a big hug from 64 xx

  3. sarah
    July 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you Hannah xx

  4. Theresa
    July 16, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Extraordinary that this was made as well as Jared’s book being written. What a generous man & family to share so much of himself with the world right to the end . THANKYOU HANNAH for your words here – the description of Elise was beautiful! What a delightful age ; never stopping! Many many best wishes for the night ahead screening. Look forward to seeing it later. Blessings.

  5. Dee
    July 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I have thought of you over the months wondering how you and little Elise were getting on. How many teeth Elise now had and if she was walking. From your update I can see she is indeed trotting around – in gumboots no less. 🙂 So great to hear how you are coping. Thank you for letting us know there is a documentary that is being released next month. I will certainly try to get to the first screening but if not, I’ll wait until it comes out online. Thinking of you and sending you much luv. Dee

  6. Dee
    August 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Hannah, I had a reminder in my diary that the screenings were on lastnight but I had my last op (got my areola’s tattooed) yesterday and when I went home afterwards I fell asleep and woke up after 6.55 pm. I live just over an hour out of Auckland so would’ve been late. I didn’t realise there were later screenings or I would have come in anyway. I hope other people remembered and showed up. Thinking of you both. Dee

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