Dying to Live is the latest offering from Richard Todd, maker of the electrifying David and Goliath story Frackman, and similarly fearless. It goes deep beneath the complex world of organ and tissue transplantation to tell the heartrending stories of four people awaiting life-saving organs in Australia. Why must they wait for so long? What does it take to decide to become a physical philanthropist? Each of the characters we meet is undergoing extraordinary personal challenges, their experiences demanding an answer to why does Australia, a global leader in transplant research and innovation, have such a low donor-participation rate? Dying to Live was among The Guardian’s 10 Australian films to watch in 2018.
The special extended Q&A discussion following this screening offers unique insights into accepting and embracing our mortality, so we can get more out of life. The panel features director Richard Todd, cast members Tony Beret and local resident Holly Ralph, and special guest Tina Coco AO (organ donation advocate and Manager of Donate Life QLD). This session is facilitated by Byron shire's own Zenith Virago, an internationally renowned advisor on holistic death & dying.