Dying to Live
Australia is well behind the Western world in organ and tissue donor rates, causing immense suffering for those awaiting organs, while others inspire us with their gift of life. Deep beneath the complex world of organ and tissue transplantation are the heart-wrenching stories of real people awaiting life-saving organs in Australia. Why must they wait so long? Are changes in policy required – or shifts in perception? What does it take to support a family member running out of time as they await the generosity of strangers? How difficult is it to offer the death of a family member as a chance at life for others? And how much love and understanding does it take to make the compassionate decision to become a physical philanthropist?
Richard Todd was the cameraman, co-producer and director of Frackman, filmed over five years in Australia’s coal seam gas fields, which subsequently screened across Australia. The Guardian has recommended Dying To Live as one of the ‘top ten must see documentaries of 2018’.
Festival guests: Richard Todd and Ben McNeill
Talk: After the Friday 8 June screening of Dying to Live, is an Extended Q&A with Richard Todd and Holly Ralph in the Festival Hub, starting at 8.30pm
This film is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary: