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Mip TV Picks 2008: Body Harvest

In 1983, Monty Python asked that most memorable of questions: 'Can we have your liver?' Over two decades later, we finally have a response.
March 31, 2008


In 1983, Monty Python asked that most memorable of questions: ‘Can we have your liver?’ Over two decades later, we finally have a response: ‘Yes. Will that be cash or charge?’

Body Harvest is a special that looks to uncover what happens to the body ‘after life’ – during the deconstruction period when it can be harvested for useful bits that can save some, and make a fortune for others. The filmmakers follow a fictional stiff as it enters the supply end of this newest resource chain, and becomes a part of the commercialized body parts industry. It might not be cherubs and virgins, but it’s going to be a busy after life.

Tune in to find out what your body is worth on the free market. Partners: VizPoets (Brisbane) for ABC (Australia), distributed through ABC Commercial
Aired: November 2007
Length: 53 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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