DocHouse and Open City Docs fest present:
I AM BREATHING + Panel Discussion
WHEN: Friday 21st June, 6.30pm
WHERE: Bloomsbury Theatre, UCL
Emma Davie & Morag McKinnon
Scotland/Denmark – 2012 – 72 mins
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.
**Winner of the Best Documentary Award at River Run International Festival**
Presented as part of Motor Neurone Disease Global Awareness Day, in collaboration with Open City Docs Fest.
Followed by a panel discussion with the film’s two directors, as well as Professor Christopher Shaw (Scientific consultant on the film and a Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics) and Dr Vinnie Nambisan (Consultant working in palliative medicine at Saint Francis Hospice).