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Sohpie's Story


Sophie's Story by Belinda Whiting gives an account of her daughter's life and early death, aged three. Written to assist the mourning process and confronting loss and grief it is nevertheless a celebratory reflection on a young life. Using simple words and a large sans serif typeface, alternating with photographs from the family album, it was written to enhance understanding (particularly for a younger audience) of the reality of a short life that was both ordinary and exceptional.


A copy of the original book was included in a major international exhibition The Dead at The National Media Museum in Bradford in 1996, which brought together photographers and video-makers to explore what death meant to them. The exhibition then went on to show at Horsens Museum Denmark and the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Film of Sophie's Story and the reasons for making it were also included in the third documentary series for Channel Four, Vile Bodies (exploring how contemporary photography was challenging taboos about the human body), as well as in the book Vile Bodies: Photography and the Crisis of Looking by Chris Townsend, which accompanied the series.

"A very beautiful and deeply moving book and a wonderful introduction for children to the subject of death and loss. The combination of text and photographs personalises in the most tactful of ways the wonders of a short sweet life. Sophie comes across as a vibrant, responsive, happy and joyous little individual whose life was full and rich despite being tragically short. As a filmmaker I was fortunate to experience this story in 1997 and Sophie's presence has stayed with me ever since we made the film for Channel 4. I would be so thrilled if other people could experience something of what I did at the time."
James Kent Film Director/Producer

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