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Dying to Live + Q&A with Peter ‘Woody’ Wood (M)

Next event Friday 21 May from 7pm to 8:30pm

By Margaret River HEART

The touching documentary film DYING TO LIVE reveals that more can be done in Australia to improve organ and tissue donor registration numbers, to prevent immense suffering for those awaiting organs, while other Australians inspire us with their compassionate, life-saving gift.

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? Or is it as simple as signing up and having the conversation with loved ones? Why do we avoid the topic of death? 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?


Audience Q&A

Following the documentary screening an audience Q&A will be held with Peter ‘Woody’ Wood at 8:30pm.

PETER “WOODY” WOOD is awaiting his third kidney transplant as the film begins. Woody’s kidneys began to fail when he was just 11, and he received his first transplant at 21. Unfortunately, that transplant didn’t take (despite a year in hospital), so Woody was back on the waiting list until receiving a second transplant at 28. He had ten good years, but has been on dialysis since then. Woody’s arms bear the scars of his lengthy dependence on medical intervention. His only hope for survival is receiving a third, precious kidney… but can anyone get a once-in-a-lifetime chance three times?


The Filmmakers

Dying to Live is a feature-length documentary film about organ transplantation in Australia. Producer/Director Richard Todd is from Margaret River, Western Australia, and is known for award winning documentaries like Frackman and God Made Them Blind.

Producer Ben McNeill (The Standard of Perfection) is Brisbane-based and has a production accounting background, working on Hollywood blockbusters like Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean, San Andreas and Unbroken. The Executive Producer is Walkley Award-winner, Janine Hosking, renowned for 35 Letters, My Khmer Heart, Mademoiselle and the Doctor, and I’m Not Dead Yet.

Dying to Live was produced by Aquarius Productions and Intrinsic Story. Our Impact Campaign, which seeks to use this film to help put an unprecedented surge in the number of Australians signing up on the official organ and tissue donor register – and to encourage families to have the difficult conversation, is generously supported by numerous philanthropists via GoodPitch.