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For Dear Life
October 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
The Sunshine Coast Hospice Society
For Dear Life
Film screening and discussion
Tickets $10 at the door (Doors open at 1:30pm)
About the film:
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, Vancouver filmmaker Carmen Pollard who is James’ cousin, 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.
For Dear Life isn’t a traditional cancer doc about a brave soul on a life-affirming journey into the great beyond, nor is it a dark narrative about a tragic figure raging against the dying of the light. Instead, it is a conversation-starter about a man who “lived until he died.”
About the discussion:
Director Carmen Pollard and Drs Paul Sugar and Marylene Kyriazis (co-founders of the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation) will be in attendance to facilitate discussion following the film.
We are grateful for the support of the Town of Gibsons, The Sunshine Coast Regional District, the Sunshine Coast Film Society, and the Gibsons Landing Heritage Society.