Fade to Black screening across NSW
The documentary Fade to Black premiered in Australian cinemas in August. It is being taken on a nationwide tour with screenings in every capital city followed by a discussion panel with filmmaker Jeremy Ervine and a selection of special guests.
The NSW Premier was held in Sydney on Thursday 3 August. After the 1 pm and 6.30 pm screenings there was a Panel Discussion moderated by ABC Radio’s Tony Delroy with panellists: Jeremy Ervine – Fade to Black Producer; Elizabeth Short – widow of Peter Short; Dr Sarah Edelman – President of Dying with Dignity NSW; Shayne Higson – Vice-President of Dying with Dignity NSW and Linda Scott – City of Sydney Councillor and daughter of terminally ill man – see Labor councillor’s plea to NSW MPs
The following NSW screenings are planned:
Monday 28 August 2 pm at Hoyts Erina Fair – Click for tickets
Monday 11 September 4 pm at Event Cinemas Newcastle – Click for tickets
Tuesday 12 September 6.30 pm at Mount Vic Flicks Mount Victoria – Click for tickets
Tuesday 12 September 6.30 pm at Event Cinemas Hurstville – Click for tickets
Tuesday 12 September 6.30 pm at Majestic Cinemas Sawtell – Click for tickets
Wednesday 13 September 2 pm at Belgrave Cinema Armidale – Click for tickets
Wednesday 13 September 8.30 pm at Event Cinemas Glendale – Click for tickets
Thursday 14 September 2 pm at Forum 6 Cinemas Wagga Wagga – Click for tickets
Monday 18 September 6.30 pm at Event Cinemas Campbelltown – Click for tickets
Monday 18 September 6.30 pm at Ballina Fair Cinemas – Click for tickets
Friday 20 October 7 pm at Odeon 5 Cinemas Orange – Click for tickets
NB: Cancelled session planned for Thursday 24 August at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah – Click for details
Fade to Black (1.5 hours) follows the travails of Peter Short, who mounted a personal campaign for legalising voluntary assisted dying (VAD) in the lead up to his death in December 2014. In addition to Peter’s journey, the movie also provides a history and background to the issue of assisted dying, including the passing and subsequent reversal of VAD in the Northern Territory, as well as the legislation that exists in other countries. The movie features interviews with key players in the Australian debate, including Dr Rodney Syme, Andrew Denton and Dr Philip Nitschke, as well as politicians for change, Dr Richard Di Natale and Fiona Patten. Whilst presenting a balanced view of the issue (including footage of arguments mounted by the Christian opposition), ultimately the pro-choice view prevails.
According to the filmmaker of Fade to Black, Jeremy Ervine, the purpose of the documentary was to open up a conversation about dying and allow people to see the arguments for and against assisted dying legislation. Jeremy shot over a hundred hours of footage and interviewed dozens of people for this movie. Fade to Black is the most successful crowdfunded Australian documentary, raising over $100,000. This sends a strong message to politicians that Australians care passionately about choice at end of life.
With law reform now on the national agenda, the time is right for Fade to Black to be a powerful force for change.
For more information amd to watch the trailer of Fade to Black: www.fadetoblackmovie.com.
or the Fade to Black Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fadetoblackdoco
On 27 July, Studio 10 aired an excellent interview (7.55 mins) with Peter Short’s wife, Elizabeth, about the documentary Fade to Black and the personal experience of living with the camera crew 24/7 during 2014. Elizabeth also spoke candidly about Peter’s final days and why he did not end up using the Nembutal to end his own life. Click to listen.
Elizabeth Short also spoke to Neil Mitchell on Melbourne’s Radio 3AW about the current campaign for voluntary assisted dying across Australia, and specifically in Victoria. Elizabeth encouraged people to get out and make their voices heard by politicians and also to go along and watch the Fade to Black movie.
Click below for the excellent 8.40 min radio interview on 21 July 2017.
Fade to Black is centred around the personal story of Peter Short, the charismatic CEO of a major Australian company. Peter is diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer and learns that he has only months to live. After hearing about Melbourne-based physician, Dr Rodney Syme – who has admitted that he has helped many terminally ill people to end their lives – Peter was inspired to meet him. Peter was not only comforted by the idea of having control over the end of his life, but felt it was his right to choose it. After meeting with Dr Syme, Peter started raising awareness about the laws getting in the way of his freedom to choose, and joined forces with Dying with Dignity to campaign for voluntary assisted dying.
Jeremy Ervine’s Fade to Black won an Impact Docs Award of Excellence. Impact Docs’ mission is to “support and promote filmmakers who are making a difference in the critical issues of our times through producing impactful documentaries and who are inspiring and entertaining audiences with their stories.” Click for details
Click for a detailed article about Peter Short and the making of this movie in The Good Weekend (SMH) 23 January 2015 ‘Final project: Peter Short’s campaign for change; When corporate high-flyer Peter Short became terminally ill, he focused not only on living a better life, but campaigning for greater choice at the end of it.’