Synopsis: 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 for so long? Are changes in policy required – or shifts in perception? What does it take to support a desperate family member running out of time as they hope for a stranger’s generosity? How difficult is it to consider the death of a loved one as a chance at life for someone else? And how much love and understanding does it take to make the compassionate decision to register as a physical philanthropist?
DYING TO LIVE follows the personal challenges of several people whose lives are impacted by organ and tissue donation; both the immense suffering experienced while awaiting organs and the gratitude and inspiration when donors become physical philanthropists. In his searching look at this complex subject director Richard Todd (FRACKMAN) reveals that Australia lags behind similar countries in organ and tissue donor registration numbers.
“I was absolutely shocked to hear that we are not very good at donating organs in Australia – 17th in the World” Director, Richard Todd.
DYING TO LIVE was chosen as one of the six social impact films for 2017 by Goodpitch Australia and recently had its world premiere at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival where it was showcased in the highly regarded documentary section.
Following its world premiere, DYING TO LIVE will screen at the prestigious Melbourne International Film Festival (August 14 and 16) and at Cinefest Oz, Australia’s premier destination festival, on August 25.
The Guardian listed DYING TO LIVE as one of the top ten feature films in Australia to watch out for in 2018.
Richard Todd is an award-winning director especially attracted to stories that require a very close and personal relationship with a central character as seen in 2015’s FRACKMAN. As director of Aquarius Productions, he has also collaborated with international TV companies and distributors including ABC, TBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Tokyo TV, Granada and France 3.
In Cinemas November 2018.