Director-producer Andrew Wiseman began filming Richard and his family in 1989, making the documentaries Driving with Richard (1992) and Wonder Boy (2001) before On Richard’s Side – the culmination of his 27-year project. Richard was born with a complex disability. He needs 24-hour care, seven days a week. Now in her early sixties, his mother Deirdre is apprehensive about her son’s future. She is determined to build a circle of friends and carers for Richard, and to find him sustainable long-term accommodation. Wiseman’s intimate documentary, enriched by Deirdre’s impassioned voice, reveals just what it means to care for someone who needs care for life.
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