Five Feet Apart

‘Five Feet Apart’ is a film about two young people with cystic fibrosis (CF) who fall in love but must stay separated because of cross-infection. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust was not involved in the making of this film, but we recognise that it will help to raise vital awareness of the real impact of cystic fibrosis. Warning: this page contains spoilers.


I've seen the film and want to help

The drug Will is trialling in the film is fictional, but there are real life-saving drugs being developed right now.

Every day we move closer to a better world for people with CF, but we still have a long way to go. You can help fund ground-breaking research by getting involved and helping us to beat CF for good.

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I want to find out more about the issues raised in the film

Five Feet Apart has helped to bring CF into the mainstream and has undoubtably raised the public profile of the condition. However, we are aware that the film is both fictional, and set in the USA. For these reasons, a lot of the issues raised in the film might not realistically represent the experiences of people with CF or might not give the full story of CF in the UK, where things like rules on cross-infection can be different than in the USA.

Take a look at the commonly-raised topics to find out more about some of the issues raised in the film, including lung transplants and cross-infection rules.

I need help talking about the issues raised in the film

If you are someone with cystic fibrosis, or know someone with the condition, you might find that you end up having conversations with people about Five Feet Apart, and this might involve having to talk about some challenging subjects. We've created a discussion guide to help you to talk about the issues raised in fictional representations of cystic fibrosis.


The risk of passing bugs to each other means that two people with CF can never meet face to face.

What is CF?

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, affects the lungs, digestive system and other organs, and there are over 10,600 people living with it in the UK.


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