The English Surgeon – 10 March 2010

Screening and discussion with UK director, Geoffrey Smith, in person.
Location: AFTRS – Teaching Room 6, Fox Studios/Entertainment Quarter. 130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW.
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Date: Wednesday 10 March 2010
– Please note the change to Wednesday for this event.

Time: 6pm arrival for 6.15pm commence screening. (9pm finish)
– Please note the event is commencing at the earlier time of 6:15pm

Entry: $5 suggested donation

See one of the best documentaries made in recent years THE ENGLISH SURGEON, the winner of 2008 Hotdocs and Silver Docs, and made by UK director Geoffrey Smith fresh from the recent AIDC in Adelaide.

What is it like to have power over life and death, and yet to struggle with your own humanity? This is the story of acclaimed British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, who has traveled to Ukraine for 15 years to treat patients who have been left to die; of his friend and medical colleague in Kyiv who carries on the fight despite official hostility and archaic surgical conditions; and of a young patient who hopes that Henry can save his life.

Geoffrey Smith was nominated by the Director’s Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary in 2009.

Geoffrey will talk about the making of the film and the increasing popularity of these types of character-driven feature documentaries for European and North American distributors and broadcasters.

Enthralling, astonishing, and agonizingly human
– New York Times

“There are very, very few films I love quite as much as this one.”
– Nick Fraser, BBC.

“An exceptional documentary …heart-breaking pathos, scenes not for the squeamish, pertinent mortal dilemmas, a fair amount of humour, and a score composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis”
– London Film Festival catalogue.

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