When 46-year-old theatre producer James Pollard learns he has terminal cancer, he sets out to turn his dying into a lasting final project—rallying friends and family to become involved in preserving his body after death. As macabre as this may sound, the practicality by which James approaches the inevitable offers new freedom and possibilities for dealing with death within a culture where we simply don't talk about it.
With a surprising amount of humour, this highly emotional film walks the delicate line between grief and acceptance. Bravely filmed over his final three years, cousin and filmmaker Carmen Pollard weaves raw family interaction, physician visits, and the natural world to reveal a multi-faceted view of death’s impact on all its subjects, as well as its place in comfortable ritual and conversation.
The documentary will be followed by a discussion with panelists Dr Paul Sugar (Palliative Care Physician), Dr Marylene Kyriazis (Co-Founder and CEO Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation) and Carmen Pollard (film director)