Blue Bag Life

Blue Bag Life

25th TiDF: European Premiere

An audacious and deeply personal odyssey through love, artistry, and self-hood illuminates this uncompromising and powerful documentary portrait of a life touched by addiction. Blue Bag Life is a story gleaned from material collected over a lifetime. Lisa Selby, an artist, and lecturer, has always documented her life in paint, words, photographs, and film. As Lisa struggles to comprehend why her mother Helen didn’t raise her, Helen dies. Helen was charismatic, articulate, beautiful, and addicted to heroin. Lisa now begins to get to know the woman she never called Mother, through the things she left behind and the memories of people who knew her. Lisa’s partner, Elliot, relapses into heroin and is incarcerated. Through her own sobriety and her love for Elliot, Lisa comes to understand addiction, and Helen, differently. She also uncovers a new possibility towards motherhood deep within herself. An intimate story of loss and longing evolves into a wider contemplation of love and acceptance.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Alex Fry, Rebecca Lloyd Evans, Lisa Selby
Script: Josie Cole, Lisa Selby
Editing: Rebecca Lloyd Evans, Alex Fry
Music: Dana Wachs
Production: Tigerlily Productions
Producers: Natasha Dack Ojumu
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: UK
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 92'
Contact: Tigerlily Productions
Awards/Distinctions: Audience Award – London Film Festival 2022

Alex Fry, Rebecca Lloyd Evans, Lisa Selby


2022 Blue Bag Life (co-direction)