Very exciting but edgy update. My family have decided to work with a film maker who approached us around a high quality documentary. The details are below and I ask your deep consideration around individuals or corporations who would be interested in helping this idea via funding. It is to look for a number of reasonable scale supporters, not trying to take around a hat. My reason for doing this is to ensure I have done the utmost I can for enabling Australians to have a medical choice , which is simply that, a choice they may never use for assisted death in cases of terminal illness like myself, and incurable illness and suffering. Please spread this idea as widely as possible. I will update you on what occurs. In Canberra next week so looking for an exciting update Tuesday night.
The idea and note from the film maker follows. Anyone with help or ideas please email Jeremy at Jeremy@thirteendisciples.com
I am looking forward to working with you to Produce what will hopefully be a profound and thought provoking documentary.
The format of the documentary will be a feature length film that will aim to premier at a major international film festival, such as Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca or SxSW and continue on to festivals both internationally and domestically over the following year. We hope to secure a deal with an Australian television broadcaster over the coming months and will appoint a sales agency to negotiate distribution with international cable, television, iTunes, Amazon, Google, NetFlix, hotel and airline channels.
The underlying theme of the documentary will be looking at the necessity to legalise medically assisted death in Australia. It will follow your journey as a positive-minded terminally ill cancer patient who wants the right to choose how you die and your efforts to get the attention of the media, public and politicians in Australia. We will explore some of the darker ways in which terminally ill people have ended their life without a safe and medically assisted framework in place and draw parallels between Australia and other countries such as the UK, Canada, US, along with countries where voluntary euthanasia has been legal for some time like the Netherlands and Switzerland.
We estimate that the budget for this documentary will be around $500k. Twenty percent of the production budget will come from the Screen Australia Producer Offset program and we hope that another part of the budget will come from a broadcast deal and various government grant schemes, however we will need to raise the remainder of the budget through corporate and philanthropic donations. Documentary films rarely return a profit, as such we will unlikely raise private investment capital. If the documentary is commercially successful, 15% of the profits will be donated to the Cancer Council.
It would be great if you could connect me with organisations and individuals you have been working with who you feel may be able to help us with the documentary.
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