Family tree search leads to film about young woman’s tragic short life

December 20 2015

THE true story about the tragic short life of a young woman from Old Sodbury has been told in a film made by one of her distant relatives.

THE true story about the tragic short life of a young woman from Old Sodbury has been told in a film made by one of her distant relatives.
Cynthia Dash was born in Chipping Sodbury in 1925 but by the age of 17 had mental health problems.
Although it is thought she had depression, knowledge of such conditions was poor at the time and she ended up being committed to an asylum.
Cynthia remained at the Coney Hill institution in Gloucester for six years and died when just 23 after developing tuberculosis. Only then was she taken back to Old Sodbury so she could be buried near her home.
The short film, the Life of Cynthia, was made by Adam Morgan, of Yate, after he discovered her fate while researching his family tree.
He was given access to her medical notes and, together with family memories, found out as much as possible about her so she would not be forgotten.
The film was shot locally and a song was specially written and performed by Faye Taggart-White, of Frampton Cotterell.
Adam, who also appears in the film, said: “Cynthia was suffering with depression in a time when we had little understanding of such an illness.”
There is a website www.thelifeofcynthia.co.uk with information about the film, which can be seen on YouTube.