The process of dying is captured in this percipient film, shot over the course of 12 months on the Isle of Wight.

A project originally conceived as a gallery installation, artist and filmmaker Steven Eastwood followed four individuals living with terminal illness being supported by the Earl Mountbatten Hospice in Newport. The participants each agreed to be filmed during the private and family-orientated last months of their lives up until and including the moment of their deaths.

Having been described as “taboo-breaking”, the film shows with care and sensitivity what happens to the body during the process of dying, including a seven-minute scene in which one of the protagonist’s deaths is captured on film. Something rarely seen in documentary but witnessed by people around the world daily, Island creates an intimate portrait of the end of life.

The Director will be in attendance at the screening, and there will be a Q&A after.

Reviews

This is much more about what it feels like as you wait to die or sit by someone’s bedside, waiting with them; a slow, draining process that Island catches with some hauntingly evocative images and sparse use of sound.
Caregiving is tender, and filmmaking, when handled equally tenderly, can be an act of care