CONTROVERSIAL documentation is taboo by showing the death of a hospice patient in a poignant seven-minute scene.
Director Steven Eastwood shot the film Iceland after following a group of terminally ill patients at the Earl Mountbatten hospice in Newport, Isle of Wight for a year.
There is a seven-minute scene in the documentary showing the last moments of retired London bus depot manager Alan Hardy.
Alan is one of four people in the hospice seen in the movie, and you can hear him breathe in the scene – until his breath finally stops.
Eastwood told The Guardian that he had filmed uninterruptedly for 38 hours and slept when Alan died.
Nurses on the ward put a mattress on the floor for the filmmaker and he slept 20 minutes before the retiree stopped breathing.
Eastwood told The Guardian: "Interestingly, there is no picture, you can not see the dying person.
"I find that fascinating because to talk about how the film shows the moment of death, I do not know when that moment is.
"I've seen it over and over, and I'm still thinking, will he breathe again?"
He added that he felt "pleased" when he woke up to find out that Alan had died so "painlessly" and that he was being cared for.
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Eastwood said, "His death was like a good death, as you may wish."
After his death, the nurses in the hospice were able to comb his hair in the particularly moving scene.
His documentary will be released on September 14 in the UK.
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