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Seven Songs for a Long Life

Seven Songs for a Long Life

9th January 2016 at 7.30pm

Lansdown Hall
Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1BB

The Guardian,4-star review: 'This incredibly moving documentary is all the more affecting becasue of the unsentimental way it's told.'

This poignant new documentary about six people in a hospice finding their true voices will be introduced by the Seven Songs film maker Amy Hardie, head of film at Edinburgh College of Art. Seating will be around small tables, cabaret syle, with the opportunities for conversation and a cup of tea, supported by members of the local Stroud 'Death Cafe. This is a fundraiser for local hospice Longfield, and is organised by Hawthorn Press.

'Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it taks a community to help face our own mortality, making the process of dying itself safe, individual, and as gentle as possible,' Amy Hardie.

Seven Songs documents the lives of six day-care patients in Strathcarron Hospice, following them between home and hospice as they navigate their way through the end of a future that faces all of us. From the moment Tosh refuses to fill in his assessment form and serenades us with a remarkably good Sinatra song, this documentary grabs life through song. The patients allow us into tender, vulnerable and funny moments of their lives. Singing unlocks the patients' pasts, guides their dreams and their futures.

Encouraged by one nurse who loves to sing, and a collaborative filming process, they wrestle with the new insecurity facing us all: recent advances in biomedicine mean we can now live for years rather than months after a terminal diagnosis. Sometimes. But not every time. How do we cope with this uncertainty? Strathcarron’s patients are quirky, wry frontrunners in a journey that we will all face. A film by Amy Hardie.

Tickets at £7.50 each from this website, or in person from Star Anise Arts Cafe, Stroud at 01453 840021

A percentage of the ticket sales will be donated to Longfield Hospice Care - http://www.longfield.org.uk

Organiser Contact Details:

Martin Large  martin@hawthornpress.com