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.
Screened in partnership with Open City Docs Fest at the 2013 festival.
This special post-screening panel Q&A features:
- Director Emma Davie
- 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
- Andy Pape - Member of South London Group of MND Association
This screening was one of many around the world on 21 June to mark Motor Neurone Disease Global Awareness Day.
With thanks to the Scottish Documentary Institute.
"Among the year's most moving films" - The Hollywood Reporter
Winner: Best Documentary Feature at RiverRun International Film Festival