Documentation breaks taboo by missing hospice patient death in seven minutes scene filmmaker, as he was ...

Documentation breaks taboo by missing hospice patient death in seven minutes scene filmmaker, as he was ...

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.

    The controversial documentary follows the last moments of patients in a hospice
The controversial documentary follows the last moments of patients in a hospice

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.

    The documentation shows the moment when a patient in the hospice stops breathing
The documentation shows the moment when a patient in the hospice stops 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.

    The film Iceland shows four patients who were housed in a hospice on the Isle of Wight
The film Iceland shows four patients who were housed in a hospice on the Isle of Wight

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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