Neil Platt is using voice recognition software to type a letter to his baby son, trying to anticipate everything Oscar may one day want to know about his father. Shortly after Oscar's birth Neil was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, rapidly losing use of his body until paralysed from the neck down. This intimate record of his last months is told without histrionics or sentimentality. The film reflects Neil's own dignity, wry humour, and Yorkshire pragmatism. It is, he says, 'a tale of fun and laughs with a smattering of upset and devastation', but it is also a subtle and profoundly moving reflection on human life and our legacy.
Followed by a post-screening panel discussion including:
- Directors Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon
- Professor Christopher Shaw - Scientific consultant on the film, Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
- Dr Vinnie Nambisan - Consultant working in palliative medicine at Saint Francis Hospice
This screening is one of many around the world on 21 June to mark Motor Neurone Disease Global Awareness Day.
Presented in partnership with Open City Docs Fest.
Open City Docs Fest, London's global documentary festival, will show over 100 films from around the world over 4 days and nights 20-23 June in Bloomsbury Theatre, UCL, ICA and Birkbeck Cinema. For tickets and more info: www.opencitydocfest.com
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"Among the year's most moving films" - The Hollywood Reporter
Winner: Best Documentary Feature at RiverRun International Film Festival