The Bendy Bus: a video viral
After some 'gruelling' auditions, a long day's filming and numerous edits, Diabetes UK is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our first video highlighting the issues for people with Type 1 diabetes. As promised, it's short and quirky and involves some of you but it's for all of you with Type 1. We certainly had fun making it so really hope you enjoy watching it! Rather view this on your mobile phone? Simply text BUS to 84383*.
Thank you for your help
Your involvement so far has been absolutely brilliant, but we're hoping we can get all of you to help us some more. If everyone could share the video (via the web link or via their mobile) with their family and friends that would be awesome. It will be a little reminder to them that you're normal (honest!) and to prompt for them to send the video on to their friends, and hopefully their friend's friends, and in doing so create a little viral effect and help to educate everyone about Type 1 diabetes.
Behind the scenes
On shoot day we took lots of photos and even filmed the shoot so that everyone who couldn't make it on the day could get a 'behind the scenes' view. So, now you can get a little taster of the work that's involved in creating a video even as short and simple as this one.
As the guys with Type 1 who came along will tell you, show business is certainly not all glitz and glamour and there was a lot of waiting around between shoots. We're particularly grateful to them for their support, so a big thank-you to Leanne, Holly, Liz and Laura. We've manage to capture some of their thoughts on filming, diabetes and life in general so click here to see more. Well, what are you waiting for?
Send us your feedback
We really hope that this video helps to challenge people's misconceptions about Type 1 Diabetes. It's not all about the growing problem of Type 2, so help us to show everyone. If you do have any feedback for us, good or bad, we'd love to hear it. If you have any ideas for campaigns we could do to raise awareness in the future we would love for you to share them with us.
Want a copy of the viral on your mobile phone?
Simply text BUS to 84383 to get a copy sent to your phone. *Please note that your mobile phone will need to be internet enabled in order to download the video and standard network charges apply. Your phone must also have a video player.
The Bendy Bus Production Team at Diabetes UK
I'm 16 years old and I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 11 years, since I was 5. I used to get bullied in 1st year by girls and boys in my class because I had to take insulin injections at lunch time. When my blood sugar went low I had to tell the teacher and they would let me go down to my head of year to take lucozade to bring it back to normal. I never attended school for 2 years because of all this. But when I eventually told my head of year about all this bullying going on. I never got bullied again, as my head of year sorted it out for me. Everyday I get out 10 minutes early before lunch to get my insulin injection and I also have a pass to get into the lunch canteen early to get something to eat before anyone.
So anyone who is in the situation that I was in. Don't be afraid to speak up. Tell your head teacher and your parents.
THEY CAN HELP
Trust me. – Rachael
Thank you for the comment Monica. That's a really good point.
Had the video focused on the lad a bit longer, it would have shown him beginning to tuck into a sandwich or something similar. He's on the bus, waiting to get back home but because the journey is taking so long, he decides he can't wait longer and injects so he can have something to eat from his bag.
Were we to remake the video I'm sure we would take this into account and might make it clearer that he is intending to follow the injection up with some food.
Thanks very much for the feedback here. – My Life
As a parent of a struggling teenager with the disease, I LOVE the idea of people being more aware of the issues around type 1 Diabetes. There are lots of things I love about the video BUT there's a big flaw in my view. If our hero is starving (as he claims) surely he should be checking his blood glucose level before injecting? Being hungry can be a symptom of a hypo. And if the bus is stuck in a traffic jam, how does he know how long it'll be before he gets to food? – Monica
Thankyou for this video! I am sick and tired of people saying that just 'diabetes' is linked to obesity! I have type 1 and i find this so helpful to tell everyone that it is not linked to obesity - why isn't this on tv? – Cora Felicity
i think that this is a very good video. I have experienced simular situations. People often comment when i eat in class. im going to post this video on facebook. Then maybe my friends will understand and invite me to more places (: – Jess A
I think your video is great. I have had diabetes since I was 11 (I'm 14 now) and have always had issues telling people I'm diabetic, let alone doing a blood test or insulin injection in front of anyone but now, not only do my friends know and have seen me do both, but i have learnt to be more open about it.
On Monday I'm doing a presentation on diabetes and how it affects young people. I'm quite nervous about it as I don't know how they will take the news but now I'm more confident, thanks to your video - it will have a place in my presentation. – Beth
I'm 15 and was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 11, just before I went up to high school. I found it difficult, at first, to tell people because I felt embarrassed about their reactions. Even now people always seem suprised when I tell them I have diabetes and I'm often asked, "is it because you ate too much sugar?" or "I thought it was only people who are old and fat that get it" and countless times I have had to explain properly. I think putting this on tv will help people who don't have the illness, understand Type 1 diabetes, and also make it easier for young people to tell their friends and peers about it. – Charlotte
Isn't it about time that we have a different name for Type1 diabetes? I have a teenage son of 14 who is really struggling to cope with his condition, and comments that he is too thin to be a diabetic and that he must have eaten the wrong type of food don't help. Main stream broadcast would be beneficial. – Darrell
I'm 18 years old. I deffo think this should be put on telly. People need to be more aware of Type 1 and whats it's about! Not just fat people get diabetes. Some people can't help it and I'm fed up with people associating diabetes with fat people when most people are fit and healthy and enjoy a healthy lifestyle! – Sian
I think it is great for people out there who don't know about it. It tells you what Type 1 is and what Type 2 is so they know it is not something you can catch or anything. – Ava
This is brilliant and it should defenitely be on TV! At school we learn about Type 2 diabetes when we are talking about healthy eating but the teacher never says it's Type 2, they just call it "diabetes". I think some people think I have Type 1 diabetes because I ate unhealthily or was overweight. If we get this on TV, we can prove them wrong! – Laura
Excellent video – I'm a 39 year old man and was diagnosed four years ago. Ironically I was a stone underweight because of my diabetes.
Please send the video to the BBC and GMTV who often highlight these issues.
Well done to all the young actors. – James
>Seriously, get this on TV. – Bronte
This is great. You really should get this on TV because it's very irritating when people think that we got it because we are fat! – Fiona
I was diagnosed almost 5 years ago with Type 1 diabetes - aged 35. I have always eaten a healthy diet, excercised regularly and have never been overweight. Because I developed it later in life, people think I have Type 2 and, unbelievably, when I went for my first eye screen, the doctor I saw assumed I had Type 2 because of my age and even said to me he had never come across anyone so slim with Type 2 diabetes. I get frustrated that the majority of information presented in the media is general and doesn't differentiate between Type 1 or 2 especially with the negative links to diet/ lifestyle etc. – Claire
Seriously you should get this on TV. It's got a real point and will open everyone's eyes about diabetes. – Milly
Brilliant film, great acting.
Maybe if funds would allow, a similar film on 'What to do to somebody suffering from hypoglycaemia' to be shown on TV.
Just a thought! Thanks. – Robin
This video just shows what our lives are like. The prejudice and ignorance surrounding diabetes makes me so mad every day. I am a fourteen year old girl and was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of three. I recently wrote to TV channels complaining of the whole Type 1-getting-confused-with-Type 2 thing and got a reply back saying they would take it seriously. This really did make me feel more determined to try and help more people who are finding their lives with diabetes hard. We just have to keep trying. We have to prove the predjudiced people wrong. x – Ella
I thought that this video was good!
It is good to know that there are people in this world that understand what we are going through and can empathise with how we are feeling.
Thank you for posting this video. It was a big help! – Lucy
Please get this type of information on the television, newspapers etc. Let the public understand the differences between Type 1 and 2. The charity seem to spend a lot of time and money promoting and advising on Type 2 as we see with the most recent campaign so much so that my 11 year old daughter who has had Type 1 for three years and knows perfectly well the unknown cause, has started to worry and question if her diet and lifestyle caused the condition. If a well informed child living with Type1 starts to feel confused what must the public understand? – Helen
Pleeease get this brilliant video on the telly. Everyone I know thinks my four year old, who has diabetes, ate too much sugar. This clip is fab and it must be seen by everyone. – Carly
I am 26 and have will have had Diabetes for 18 years on 31st October 2009. I thought your video was brilliant. I have over many years school and adult alike had comments made about what, when and how I eat or inject by people ignorant of my condition and would just love for their to be a little understanding out there that not all diabetes is the same much as all people are not the same.. – Elizabeth