On Saturday 3rd June, in the prestigious Glasgow Film Theatre, a truly special event will be held to celebrate the life and memory of Kenneth Turlewicz.
Kenneth was an actor, writer and director in the Glasgow cultural scene who was known for his inspiration, optimism, fellowship, goodness and humour. But he was also affected by the debilitating condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which had a highly damaging effect on his life and contributed to his tragic and untimely death.
Kenneth had a big passion for cinema. His sister Ilona Wewiorski told us that one of the few times that he felt he could get his mind off his struggles with OCD was when he was in the Glasgow Film Theatre watching a film. His favourite movie of all time was Amadeus, Milos Forman's legendary 1984 epic about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
If I could have been involved in the making of one film, it would have been this one. If I could hire a hall and show this film to all my friends and family, I would.
So, ten years after Kenneth's passing, Ilona is making his wish a reality, by hiring the Glasgow Film Theatre (Kenneth's favourite cinema) for a special screening of Amadeus for his friends and family. All donations made for the event will be split between OCD Action, the British Heart Foundation and Shelter.
As Kenny's sister, I wanted to mark the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death on behalf of all close family and friends who knew him and who still struggle with his loss. He was a highly intelligent, creative and good person who cared about so many causes, but he had a particular concern for the homeless. He found it hard to pass a beggar on the street and always gave what little he had, even when that left him with only his bus fare home.
Kenny didn't get the chance to fulfil the truly great things which he was capable of and, I feel, was destined to achieve, had it not been due to the unfair and terrible afflictions of heart disease and OCD which he endured throughout most of his life.
Because Kenny loved and appreciated his family and friends so dearly, and because his great passion in life was for the cinema, I thought it would be a fitting tribute to him to organise a gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life by hosting a screening of his favourite film of all time for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you so much to Ilona and everyone involved in organising this incredible event. The donations raised will go a long way to helping other people with the devastating condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and the event promises to be truly inspirational.