Much Ado About Dying

Dir: Simon Chambers
84mins   2022   UK   15   English   

Screened in collaboration with Lewes Death Café, as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week. Followed by a discussion in the Studio.

Simon Chambers is shooting a film in India when his uncle David calls him with a message of doom: “I think I may be dying.”

What the viewer doesn't yet know is that David, an eccentric gay actor, is a total drama queen, and a Shakespeare-lover who has grown old on a diet of attention and applause.

Chambers returns to London to look after his uncle and capture his final stages of life on camera.

'In its refreshingly frank look at the end of life, Much Ado About Dying becomes a thought-provoking study of what it means to live' - Nikki Baughan, Screen International

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Lewes Death Café promotes discussion about death and dying with an aim to enable people from all age groups and backgrounds to feel safe and comfortable in doing so. Participants are asked to maintain confidentiality over the conversations held and treat others within the meeting respectfully. They are also forbidden from selling a product, service or viewpoint and are encouraged to be accepting of the ideas and thoughts at the meeting even when they differ to those that they hold. The meetings are not therapy sessions and they are overseen by facilitators who keep an eye on proceedings whilst also joining as participants. We hold the view that none of us are experts in this field and that we have much to learn from one another’s views and experiences.

All meetings are free and are based on the Death Café model founded by Jon Underwood which has now become a worldwide phenomenon. For more information about Death Café, please visit