An award-winning British filmmaker has turned to the internet for help after a mysterious Australian woman stopped him just before he wanted to commit suicide on a train platform.
Layke Anderson, 38, hopes to be viral Twitter thread will help track down the woman who saved his life in the Vauxhall tube station in London almost four years ago.
He already thanked her personally when the couple happened to run into each other a year later during an emotional reunion in a bar – but he never learned her name and never saw her again.
Anderson said he often thinks of his “guardian angel,” who he described as a brunette with an adult son.
British filmmaker Layke Anderson (pictured) has launched a public appeal to track down the Australian brunette who saved his life
“In late 2018, I was trying to end my life on a tube platform,” the tweets thread began.
“A woman saw what was happening and stopped me. At the time, all I could remember about this woman was her earrings – like coins from the Qing dynasty. I don’t remember much else to be honest, and I never told anyone.
A year later, Mr. Anderson was having a beer with his best mate when he became aware of a presence and felt that he was… being watched.
“I had forgotten my glasses (glasses) at home, but when I turned around I immediately knew it was her. She was about 100 feet away,” he recalled.
“Even though I hadn’t told the story to anyone, I decided to tell my buddy on the spot. It was hard to tell how I felt, but he is the very best.
“He, too, turned to look, but she and I were already getting up. I don’t remember when we said anything… we just hugged.
“I remember feeling her heart beating, and of course the earrings… she was wearing the exact same earrings.”
Anderson discovered that the woman was an Australian who had moved to the UK for work.
“She was sitting with another lady, someone she’d just met, who told her the story of that morning,” he recalled.
“She just told me… to describe you… and then out of nowhere you came and sat in front of us,” said the friend.
“It was definitely a surreal moment, yet somehow I felt expected because I got a chance 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 a guardian angel from Australia intervened
Mr. Anderson hopes to find the Aussie again to let her know what she’s done for him, while urging everyone to babysit.
“In a world so steeped in choices and living a life of more and more options, we still can’t choose our guardian angels,” Anderson concluded.
“But if we’re lucky, like me, they’ll find us when we need them. They’re watching, so let’s keep an eye out for each other. Only share this with love.’
Anderson was inundated with messages of support from benefactors, 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 have all been placed in places for a reason, and the absolute proof of a divine power in charge is that your two paths crossed again in the most amazing way! I’ve seen this in my life too,” commented one woman.
Another added: ‘I’ve been thinking a lot about ending it too lately, I always manage to chase it away, but rest assured, one day it will get to me. However, I like this story Full of hope and kindness.’
Layke Anderson in early 2019, months after his life was saved by a mysterious stranger
The filmmaker is on a mission to track down the woman with the Qing dynasty coin earrings
Anderson later revealed that he was overwhelmed by the massive response.
“I am deeply, deeply touched, beyond all words and trying to read and reply to every message, while also extending my sincere condolences to everyone who has lost someone in such circumstances,” he said.
His work has been won and screened at dozens of international film festivals, including his debut film Dylan’s Room.
Anderson previously worked as an actor, co-starring with Udo Kier and Stephen Fry in the 2009 Luxembourg feature film HOB.
The recordings have started for his latest project Sweet Brother – a philosophical investigation into the darkest realms of the soul and a meditation on the fall of man from grace.
Layke Anderson urged everyone to look out for each other as he recalled the harrowing ordeal
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