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35 Letters
Synopsis
Angelique Flowers lived a small but intense life. She loved her family, English literature, pop music, reality TV shows and cooking-- the simple pleasures of everyday day living that most of us take for granted --until it is too late. \nAn aspiring novelist whose favorite photograph was of herself posing beside Oscar Wilde’s grave, Angelique had plans to write a novel, but fate intervenes and instead Angelique gifts her pregnant sister, Michelle, 35 letters, to mark Michelle’s 35th birthday. \nThe documentary combines family home videos and photographs with interviews and observational footage to tell the poignant and inspirational story of these two sisters, both leading very different lives, one in Canada and the other in Australia. \n\n“ The bundle of letters that arrived in the mail was an inch thick. Mostly handwritten over a few months. The first letter was about time being covered and I guess by having these letters…its like we are at the same place at the same time, because these pieces of paper physically connect us. You look back now and think.. Did she know she was providing this legacy for me? ” asks Michelle. \n \nBy Letter 34 we are walking with Angelique on her journey towards death. As the walls of her room shrink in on her, Angelique’s memories become all the more important to her in her small, disappearing world. \n \nAngelique’s story will confront and cause debate. Her youthful letters remind us that life is wondrous, but, sometimes, death can also be a gift.
Philanthropy

How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

The project presents looks at the theme of voluntary euthanasia through the lens of young woman's final dying wish. The film and its bioethic themes will be of great interest to schools and students studying bioethics.\nThe subject is an extremely important one within Australia, as recent polls suggest, that despite laws that prevent assisted voluntary euthanasia , the vast majority of Australians (over 70%) believe that voluntary euthanasia should be legalised in Australia. We hope to contribute to both the political debate as well as the educational outreach aims of DAF with this film.
Aims & Objectives

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

We will measure the film's impact by the debate it creates within the education sector and bioethics think tanks. We hope to have screenings in Canberra and to invite key political figures to attend screenings. \n\nWe hope to make people who have previously considered voluntary euthanasia to be a strictly religious question, to question their views as they consider why Angelique Flowers wanted a choice in how she died.
Strategy

What is your education and outreach strategy?

We are confident that ATOM will to use this film for its Study Guide series\nfor educational purposes. \nWe will also target euthanasia groups worldwide to encourage debate regarding euthanasia as well as make the film available for those who traditionally oppose the concept such as religious groups etc. We will set up screenings and debates featuring some of the key people in the film. We are also planning to contact a book publisher to publish Angelique's 35 Letters to coincide with the release of the film.
Director
Janine Hosking
Producer
Janine Hosking and Carol Seeley
Total budget
$365,400
Length
80 Minutes
Stage
Production