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My F-Ing Tourettes Family

In this compelling documentary we follow a family who know only too well the highs and lows and the public embarrassment that is part and parcel of being different from the norm.

In this compelling documentary we follow a family who know only too well the highs and lows and the public embarrassment that is part and parcel of being different from the norm. 

Led by one child in the family who is coming of age, we see the impact of the family's lifestyle and the public's reaction to it, on a teenager growing up in the UK. 

Hayley and Rich Davies-Monk have two young sons, Spencer aged 13, and Lewis aged 9, both of whom suffer from Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological disorder, which is expressed in uncontrollable random physical and verbal 'tics'. These tics often break societal taboos around race, sex and class. Not surprisingly, the family have kept themselves to themselves for many years to avoid public embarrassment and outright public hostility.  

In the film the parents decide for the first time since the diagnosis that their kids deserve the same childhood as any other. The family take the first brave steps and 'come out ' to the world. From meals out, to their first trip abroad, the film follows their first steps into the world, which prove to be both extremely challenging and rewarding. 

Just as the family are venturing out into the world, eldest son 13 year old Spencer is determined to break free from the protective influence of his family, and start doing the things that most teenagers take for granted and we follow his individual journey too.

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