Month 5, Day 20: Lets make a terminal journey change the law documentary

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

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.


Jeremy Ervine

Post: PO Box 3112 Rundle Mall, SA 5000
Mobile: 0408 896 879 | Skype: jeremyervine

Gold at 2012 CLIO Awards 2012 (New York)
B&T Magazine 30 under 30 2011
Winner – 2010 IAB Award – First SA agency ever (Sydney)
Six awards at AADC Awards (Adelaide)
Finalist Award at New York Festivals (New York)
Silver at Chip Shop Awards (London)
Certificate for Outstanding Creativity at Mobius Awards (Los Angeles)
Bronze at 2009 ADMA Awards (Sydney)

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5 thoughts on “Month 5, Day 20: Lets make a terminal journey change the law documentary

    • I was just about to suggest the same thing, but was concerned Jeremy might think it similar to “passing round the hat” like he’d said in his post .. but I think it would be a valid partial fund-raiser – there are quite literally MILLIONS of us chronically ill & terminally ill people worldwide who really have not much to give (mostly due to being unable to work), but between all of us could certainly come up with a pretty penny .. Artists are producing albums via crowd funding now – something as meaningful as this could surely be financially successful.

  1. Hi Peter,
    I think Amy’s suggestion of crowd funding is a good option. I would also like to offer to email our members to see if there is anyone amongst our members or supporters who could provide a large amount of funding for the documentary.
    I am the head of the Voluntary Euthanasia Party (VEP) in New South Wales. The VEP was registered as a federal political party 12 months ago and we contested seats in the Senate in the ACT, NSW and SA as well as one Lower House seat in NT. I was the lead candidate in NSW and have since registered the VEP as a state political party in NSW so we can contest Upper House seats in our election in March next year. The VEP is also in the process of registering in Victoria too and hopefully that will be finalised in the next few weeks.
    I work closely with Dying With Dignity NSW so perhaps you could see if DWD Victoria could send an email to their members too. I do believe in the power of documentaries, just two weeks ago I attended the premiere of ’35 Letters’ at the Sydney Film Festival, it told the story of Angelique Flowers.
    I saw the article in the SMH and posted that and your petition onto our Facebook page this week. I do hope you get plenty of signatures in time for your trip to Canberra.
    It is very courageous of you to campaign for law reform but I can tell that you want to make a difference and there is every chance you will. If we all keep trying our elected representatives will have to listen sooner or later.
    I don’t have an email address for you but you can contact me at
    Good luck next week and let me know if you would like me to send out an email regarding the film.
    Kind regards
    Ms Shayne Higson
    Voluntary Euthanasia Party (NSW)
    State Convenor and Lead Candidate

  2. How exciting Peter, sounds great! I agree with the girls above – nothing wrong with passing the hat around…… every little helps. Hope a White Knight with deep pockets comes rushing in too. The very best of luck for next week in Canberra to you and Richard Di N.

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