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Breaking the taboo: the director who has filmed the moment of death


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Breaking the taboo: the director who has filmed the moment of death

By Cath Clarke

 

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Dramatically undramatic … Island / Image: TheGuardian.com

 

If you watch movies you’ll have seen umpteen deaths, sometimes in a single film.

 

(According to the people who keep a tally of such things, the final Lord of the Rings has cinema’s highest body count, of more than 800 – though presumably that includes orcs.)

 

But what about the dying process itself? What happens to a body that is dying?

 

A taboo-breaking new documentary filmed inside a hospice on the Isle of Wight controversially features a seven-minute scene of the final moments of Alan Hardy, a retired north London bus depot manager.

 

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/13/island-documentary-steven-eastwood

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