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ISLAND (2017) + Director Q&A - System of Care Season


Showing rarely documented, intensely private moments, Island follows four people with terminal illnesses during their last days. Shot in a care home on the Isle of Wight, we get to know Alan - a former London bus depot manager, Roy - a university librarian, Mary - a woman managing late stage cancer and Jamie, a 40-year old lorry driver trying to preserve his normal existence of 'booze and banter'.

Sensitive and tender yet thought provoking, Island issues a challenge to on-screen representations of death and its status as a taboo subject in society. It presents it as natural and everyday as well as unexplainable and bewildering.

Presented by Wavelength


Twitter: @wavelengthdocs

  • dir. Steven Eastwood

  • year: 2017

  • country: UK

  • run-time: 90 minutes

Doors 18:45

Film 19:15

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Probes unchartered territory with great intelligence... a documentary that sensitively, empathetically, and concentratedly examines what it means to face the reality of mortality
— Little White Lies
An extraordinarily honest, unblinking, ruthlessly unsentimental look at the process of death... hauntingly evocative ★★★★
— The Guardian
A memento mori in a pretty direct form ★★★★★
— Sunday Times
Disarmingly intimate, poetic and haunting
— Sight & Sound
Dignified and poetic
— Total Film
— Daily Mirror
Earlier Event: October 13
THE BIRDS (1963) DC Film and Book Club
Later Event: October 15
LIFE DRAWING at Deptford Cinema