Charlotte: A Life without Limbs


Charlotte Cleverly-Bisman was only six months old when she contracted Meningococcal Septicemia, and the infection claimed her arms and her legs. Charlotte’s battle was captured in Greenstone’s ‘Baby Charlotte’ documentary in 2005).

Since then Greenstone filmed Charlotte’s progress for this sequel Charlotte: A Life Without Limbs which records the struggles faced by Charlotte and her parents as she tries to adapt to prosthetics and learn to walk.

The documentary follows Charlotte Cleverly-Bisman and her parents to America, to ‘Camp No Limits’ – a summer camp for children with limb loss. For the first time in her life Charlotte is like everyone else, and her charm and pluck quickly win her friends and admirers. For her parents Pam and Perry, it’s an opportunity to see what Charlotte’s future might look like with state-of-the-art prosthetics.


Promotional Trailer

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Production Details

Producer: Cass Avery

Thanks to: Charlotte, Pam and Perry

Head of Production: Andrea Lamb

Network exec: Sue Woodfield

Post production director: Rebecca Mellor

Researchers: Geraldine Johns, Jane Dowell

Editor: Kristin Leys

Production managers: Lornelle Henry, Talia Goodger, Lucy Rowdon, Moana-Aroha Henry, Tanya Pouwhare, Emilie Stevenson

Production assistant: Jayna Kesha

Director/camera: Robin Shingleton

Additional camera: Paul Richards, Mark Potter

Sound: Shaun Logan, John McNicholas, Andy Thomas, Ant Nevison, Eugene Arts, Frank Coakley

Narrator: Robyn Malcolm

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Production accountant: Hina Dalwadi

Funded by: New Zealand On Air & TV3