How To Die – Simon’s Choice
Minnow Films / BBC2
The dramatic and poignant story of one man facing a heart wrenching decision of whether to end his life at a suicide clinic.
Simon is a successful businessman with a loving family and a large circle of friends whose world falls apart when he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of motor neurone disease and given two years to live. Within weeks of the diagnosis, the disease causes Simon to lose the use of his voice. Faced with the prospect of a rapid physical decline, Simon tells his family that he is considering ending his life at a Swiss suicide clinic.
This intimate and deeply moving film follows Simon and his family and friends as they grapple with the huge moral, emotional and legal dilemmas around Simon’s choice. Their conflicting perspectives unearth difficult questions for Simon which mean that his heart wrenching decision is hanging in the balance until the very end.
Director: Rowan Deacon
Executive Producer: Colin Barr
Grierson 2016 – Best documentary on a contemporary theme