Following its October 2015 premiere in Scotland, Seven Songs for a Long Life has gone on to play at cinemas and hospices across the UK and recently opened at Docpoint Helsinki. This month the film will see its premiere in Austin during the world famous SxSW Festival. We will be in top notch company, as even Barack and Michelle Obama are giving keynotes!
We are going out in force: Director Amy Hardie, Producer Sonja Henrici, our "magical singing nurse" Mandy Malcomson, and Musician and Voice Coach Hilary Brooks will travel to US for the week of the festival - where we will also meet with our New York based Exec Producer Lori Cheatle.
So far the film has received five and four-star reviews by film critics in the UK and overwhelmingly positive praise from health professionals for the sensitive and thoughtful way in which it presents questions about how we approach death. We can't wait to present the film to North American audiences, opening up the dialogue about palliative care across the pond.
Apart from screening the film on 12th, 15th, 17th March, followed by singing Q&A's, we will also host a Singing Dancing Dying workshop - a gentle and highly individual workshop in which participants are invited to explore the values that have guided their life until now, and how those can provide a blueprint for how to spend your last years. Led by director Amy Hardie & Mandy Malcomson, the inspirational ‘singing nurse’ at Strathcarron Hospice, with Musician & Voice Coach Hilary Brooks. In the spirit of the film, this special workshop will close with a song facilitated by Hilary and Mandy.
In summary, here are our Screening Dates:
Saturday 12th March 12.15-1.37pm Alamo Lamar Cinema, 1120 S Lamar Blvd
Tuesday 15th March 6.45-8.07pm Stateside Theatre
Thursday 17th March 6.00-7.22pm Alamo Lamar Cinema, 1120 S Lamar Blvd
All with singing Q&As with Amy, Mandy, Hilary, Sonja in attendance
Singing Dancing Dying Workshop
Monday 14th March 2.00-3.00pm InterContinental SFA Hotel in Capital Ballroom B
(for passholders - first come first served)
★★★★ – The Guardian
“incredibly moving… unsentimental”
★★★★ – The Herald
“Remarkable and hugely dignified”
★★★★ – Total Film
“quirky wit and sheer strength of character"
★★★★★ – Vulturehound Magazine