As the refugee/migrant crisis continues to impact Europe and as individuals and families open their hearts and their homes in order to help, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has lend his voice to a new short film in aid of Save The Children.
Titled ‘Help Is Coming’, the film coincides with the release of a limited edition 7″ and download of Crowded House’s song of the same name. Neil Finn from the band said of the track which was recorded in 1995 and first released in 1999:
“It was always a song about refugees, even if at the time I was thinking about the immigrants setting off on ships from Europe to America, looking for a better life for their families in America. There is such a huge scale and urgency to the current refugee crises that barely a day goes by without some crushing image or news account to confront us. We can’t be silent any more.”
The band together with Capitol Records are to donate all royalties and profits from the sales of the track to Save The Children.
Cumberbatch, currently on stage at the Barbican Theatre in London where he is playing Hamlet, introduces the piece by reciting a few lines from ‘Home’ by the poet Warsan Shire before declaring:
“As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safety of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming.”
The idea for the film was spear-headed by writer Caitlin Moran and her broadcast husband Pete Paphides who, like so many others, were horrified, upset and angered by the image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body being carried ashore after he, together with his elder brother and their parents, attempted to make the perilous journey to Europe. Aylan, along with his mother and brother drowned when their overcrowded dinghy capsized and the three of them were buried back home in Syria a few days ago.
Explaining what led she and her husband to lead this renewed call to help refugees, Moran said:
“Whilst committees convene and resolutions are published and squabbles break out between this government and that, normal people just become very practical: they roll up their sleeves and say, ‘Right, if I’d just fled my country with my family, what would I need?’ Shelter, food, and clothing, maybe some books for the kids. Let’s get started now. So, Pete and I were just doing what everyone else was doing, really. He’d found the perfect song – Help Is Coming, about refugees on their way to Ellis Island, with ‘Empires crumbling’ behind them, and I just went on Facebook and told everyone what we were doing. And everyone was desperate to help, everyone felt the same way.”