A horror film called Sugar Drop, written by University of Derby lecturer Tom Craig, successfully premiered at the QUAD Centre in Derby’s Market Square last week, with all profits being donated to Diabetes UK.
Sugar Drop is the first of the Bitter Sweet Trilogy of films by Tom, 35, who has taken real medical issues faced by people with diabetes and given them a fictional, horrifying twist.
A diabetes horror film
The 20 minute film is about a man with diabetes who miscalculates his insulin dosage. Alone and stuck in a lift, his blood glucose levels start dropping and he begins to hallucinate and lose sense of reality. You can view the trailerhere.
Effective way of raising awareness
Tom, who, along with his wife and son, has Type 1 diabetes, said: “As a specialist in both horror film and fiction, and a person with diabetes, it struck me that this popular cinematic genre could be an effective way of getting people to think about the condition.
”We've had so much support for the film from around the world,” he added. “In light of so much kindness, it only seemed right that we give the profits from the premiere to an organisation like Diabetes UK."
197 000 with diabetes in the East Midlands
Peter Shorrick, Regional Manager for Diabetes UK East Midlands, adds: “There are 197,000 people with diabetes in the East Midlands, so it is vital to raise awareness of the seriousness of the condition and the complications it can lead to.
“Sugar Drop is a great way of letting the public know about some of the issues faced by people with diabetes and we are really grateful to Tom for donating the profits from the premiere to Diabetes UK.”