The scene where Anna breaks down in the car was completely unscripted. "We were filming Libby driving when she decided to improvise a compelete emotional breakdown. We just kept the cameras rolling. It was a beautiful moment of film-making" (Darren Scott, Director).
Two days of filming were spent in a green screen studio. These scenes were later scrapped and filmed in real location as "it would have taken us longer to CGI these scenes into something realistic than the rest of the film took to make. Probably would have cost more too!"
The first character you see speaking in the film is the film's screenwriter Geoff Saunders, who's own battle with testicular cancer is the inspiration behind the story.
Three months after attending the premiere of the movie, one member of the audience got in touch with the production team to say that as a result of seeing the film he had 'got himself checked out' and was diagnosed with cancer. He has now been treated and in on the way to recovery.
The film's director, Darren Scott, also directed the first two stage productions of 'Hanging in There'. In 2005, at the Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa and in 2006 at the Criterion Theatre in Coventry.
Beth Wyatt was part of the original stage play cast, and reprises her role as Alice in the film.
Five of the Sixteen Healthcare Professionals portrayed in this film are played by real-life employees of the National Health Service in the UK. Only one, Kathy Haig, had any experience of acting, and the director encouraged the others to simply improvise their dialogue as they would in real life to add realism to the scenes.
The film features five Testicular Cancer survivors as extras. They were all interviewed on set for a short film about their experiences, and this will be included as a DVD/BlueRay extra.
Principle photography was shot in 26 days over 13 months partly due to budgetary constraints, but mainly due to Darren Scott wanting to film in genuine hospital locations and "getting permission to film on NHS sites requires patience".
Nearly a third of the film was re-shot. Of the 26 days of principle filming, 8 days were redone because, as Darren Scott says, "We'd finished 12 days of filming, and suddenly Chris and Libby took it up another level on one of the scenes. There and then, I knew I wanted to re-shoot their previous scenes. So we did."