Xavier Alfor

Cathartic documentary breaks silence

Xavier Alford

In Locked In: Breaking the Silence, which is made by Bristol indie Marble Films and aired at the end of November, Alford talks to doctors and fellow sufferers but, crucially, opens up to his family about a progressively worsening condition that causes muscle weakness and atrophy.

Following a diagnosis a decade ago, he felt a “responsibility”, as a documentary-maker, to make a film, but “felt way, way too raw – I wasn’t ready”. 

Alford was talking to Lynn Barlow at an RTS West of England event that offered a first look at the feature-length documentary.