Blue Roses – a description of varicose veins coined by award-winning film maker Marianna Simnett – is the title of her latest short film. Marianna explores her fascination of varicose veins and lets her imagination run riot delving deeply into her feelings about this problem.
Marianna chose Prof Mark Whiteley and the The Whiteley Clinic in Bond Street, London to be in her film having read his book “Understanding Venous Reflux – the cause of varicose veins and venous leg ulcers.” Following considerable research, Marion wrote the script based on the principles that found the Whiteley Protocol.
Filming continues at a special effects location and then a laboratory in America for the final parts of the jigsaw that make up this fascinating film.
Marianna Simnett tells the story that when she was a child, she asked a relative what the “Blue Roses” were on her leg, being too young to know about varicose veins. The name has stuck with her ever since and became the inspiration for this work.
The filming of Blue Roses was directed and performed by Marianna, with the very able producer, Emily Rudge. Emily worked closely with Marianna and Carla Da Silva (lead nurse at the The Whiteley Clinic in Bond Street, London) to plan the day in advance and to make sure the filming went without a hitch.
Make-up artist Emma Croft made a series of silicon varicose veins to be applied to Marianna’s leg as part of the props for the film. They were unbelievably lifelike and even made Prof Whiteley do a double take when he 1st saw them.
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