An award-winning British filmmaker has reached out to the internet for help after a mysterious Australian woman arrested him moments before he killed himself on a train platform.
He once personally thanked her when the pair met by chance at an emotional bar reunion a year later – but he never found out her name or saw her again.
Mr Anderson said he often thought of his “guardian angel”, who he described as a brunette who had an adult son.
British filmmaker Layke Anderson (pictured) has made a public appeal to help find the Australian brunette who saved his life
“At the end of 2018 I tried to end my life on a hit platform,” the tweet thread began.
“A woman saw what was happening and stopped me. At the time, all I remembered about this woman were her earrings – like coins from the Qing dynasty. I don’t remember much else to be honest, and I never told anyone about it.
A year later Mr Anderson was having a beer with his best friend when he became aware of a presence and felt he was to be watched.
“I had forgotten my specs (glasses) at home, but when I turned around, I immediately knew it was her. She was about 100 feet away,” he recalled.
“Although I didn’t tell the story to anyone, I decided on the spot to tell my partner everything. It was hard to share how I felt, but he is the best.
“He too turned to look, but she and I were already up. I don’t remember us saying anything…we just hugged.
“I remember feeling her heart pounding, and of course the earrings…she was wearing the exact same earrings.”
Mr Anderson discovered the woman was Australian, who had moved to the UK for work.
“She was sitting with another lady, someone she had just met, and told her the story of that morning,” he said.
‘”She was just telling me…describing you…and then out of nowhere you sat down in front of us,” the friend said.
“It was a surreal moment for sure, but I kind of felt expected, in that I got to look this woman in the eye and thank her for saving my life. “
Layke Anderson attempted suicide on Vauxhall’s tube platform in late 2018 before an Australian guardian angel intervened
Mr Anderson hopes to find the Aussie to let him know what she has done for him while urging everyone to look out for each other.
“In a world so saturated with choices, living lives with ever more options, we still can’t choose our guardian angels,” Mr. Anderson concluded.
“But if we are very lucky, like me, they will find us when we need them. They are watching, so let’s watch out for each other. Share this only with love.
Mr Anderson was inundated with messages of support from well-wishers while others shared their own battles with their personal demons.
“Your memory is such a beautiful gift to all of us. It shows how we are all set up for a reason, and the absolute proof of a divine power in charge is that your two paths have crossed again in the most beautiful way. more amazing! I have seen this in my life too,” one woman commented.
Another added: “I’ve thought about ending it a few times very recently too, I always manage to chase it away, but be sure one day it will get me.” I love this story yet Full of hope and kindness.’
Layke Anderson in early 2019, several months after being rescued by a mysterious stranger
The filmmaker is on a mission to find the woman with the Qing dynasty coin earrings
Mr Anderson later revealed he was overwhelmed by the overwhelming response.
“I am deeply, deeply touched beyond words and I try to read and respond to every message, while sending my sincere condolences to all those who have lost someone in such circumstances,” a- he declared.
His work has won and screened at dozens of international film festivals, including his debut film Dylan’s Room.
Mr. Anderson previously worked as an actor and starred in the 2009 Luxembourg feature film HOB alongside Udo Kier and Stephen Fry.
Filming has begun on his latest project Sweet Brother – a philosophical inquiry into the darkest realms of the soul and a meditation on the fall of man.
Layke Anderson urged everyone to look out for each other as he remembered the heartbreaking ordeal
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