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by Lynette Wallworth
produced by Kath Shelper
color, 73 min, 2013


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In Port Kembla, Australia, a feisty and resilient community group is determined to take back the responsibility that most leave to strangers — caring for their own dead. However, as their plans for a community-based funeral organization gather momentum, they are put to the test when one of their own is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Tender is a heart-breaking and beautiful glimpse of an extraordinary group of people as they take on one of the most essential challenges of human life: its end.

“Possibly the cheekiest and most life-affirming documentary on the concept of death and dying since Errol Morris' 'Gates of Heaven'” Variety
“A film about dying that is all about living. Tender, and funny, and deeply moving.” — Andrew Denton, Australian television producer

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Grand Jury Prize, Oceania International Documentary Film Festival, 2015
Best Documentary Television Program, 4th AACTA Awards, 2015
Best Editing in a Documentary, 4th AACTA Awards, 2015
Best Sound Television Program, 4th AACTA Awards, 2015
Best Original Music Score in a Documentary, 4th AACTA Awards, 2015
ATOM Award for Best Documentary, 2014
Finalist Grierson Award Documentary Competition, London Film Festival, 2014
Nominee - Filmmaker Award, Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York City, 2014

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